"Other" space on HD - how do I get rid of it?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by mikefly, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. mikefly macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I have done some searching, and found a couple posts on this topic, but the solutions offered (i.e. omni sweeper) don't work for me.

    I have a 120GB SSD macbook air.

    By system profiler
    Currently
    16GB free
    59GB files
    45GB other
    =120GB total

    by omnidisksweeper
    53GB users
    5GB private
    4GB apps
    2.5GB system
    2GB library
    240MB assorted
    =67MB total

    by grand perspective
    largest file is a 4GB sleepimage
    no other large, unexpected files

    What the hell is that 45MB? (some is OSX, some are docs.. but 45GB?)

    instead of having 50 free gigs, I have only slightly more than 10% of the HD.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. iforbes macrumors 6502

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    Do you use Time Machine to back up your data? If yes, check out this link.
     
  3. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey,

    I do indeed use TM, but if I disable it, the 45GB do not disappear - and if I immediately backup to TM, the 45GB does not disappear.

    I have tried sudo tmutil disablelocal
    let's see what happens!

    Mike
     
  4. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    The "other" files might be anything, not only system files (for instance those in /System and /Library). I had a similar problem (80GB+ of "other" files) and discovered that I had a lot of forgotten ISO images on my drive - deleting them cleared the "other" category (at that point I had 50GB+ of "other" files). Also, if you disable the local snapshots all the space occupied by them goes under the "other" category too until it gets automatically deleted. Backing up in TM does not delete the local snapshots.

    I'd double check the stuff you have in your home folder. GarageBand projects, iMovie projects, ISO files, ZIP/RAR/7z files, download folder all goes (IIRC) under the "other" category
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For space issues, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
     
  6. mikefly, Feb 21, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012

    mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    J disk reveals a total of 65GB used.
    DIX reveals a total of 69GB used (including a 4gb sleepimage)
    ODS reveals a total of 67GB used
    System Profiler shows 104GB used
    Finder reveals only 1 file larger than 1GB (a movie)

    I don't have any ISOs or other files kicking around.
    I have disabled local snapshots.

    I have run mainmenu to tidy up everything and shut down several times.
    Also run Time Machine to backup drive, and restarted.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Maybe this will help explain: What is this "Other" in the storage tab? What is eating my space
     
  8. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks GGJ.

    I've turned off TM. Right now, I'm uninterested in working harder to stop my operating system from stealing hard drive space. At some point in the future, I'll have no choice, and will refer back to your post.

    --

    This wouldn't be such a big issue - except I'm working with a 128GB flash drive - theoretically sufficient for my needs.

    It's not like the space appears out of the blue when I'm close to capacity - I have had the HD with only a couple gig remaining (movies), and it does not free up space.

    Judging by the percentages of posts about this topic, this is a major problem for many. Get your merde together apple.
     
  9. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    well, i lied. I have followed the instructions after all.
    here are the results.

    name of harddrive replaced by xx to protect the innocent.


    Last login: Sun Feb 26 15:35:19 on console
    Mikes-MacBook-Air:~ xx$ cd ~
    Mikes-MacBook-Air:~ xx$ du -h -d1
    12M ./.dropbox
    3.1M ./.fontconfig
    1.6M ./.fonts
    4.0K ./.mplayer
    980K ./.swt
    707M ./.Trash
    100M ./Calibre Library
    18M ./Desktop
    49M ./Documents
    9.8G ./Downloads
    710M ./Dropbox
    631M ./Library
    0B ./Movies
    35G ./Music
    6.7G ./Pictures
    0B ./Public
    54G .

    Mikes-MacBook-Air:~ xx$ cd /
    Mikes-MacBook-Air:/ xx$ sudo du -h -d1
    Password:
    180K ./.DocumentRevisions-V100
    12M ./.fseventsd
    173M ./.Spotlight-V100
    0B ./.Trashes
    0B ./.vol
    3.9G ./Applications
    4.1M ./bin
    0B ./cores
    4.5K ./dev
    1.0K ./home
    1.9G ./Library
    1.0K ./net
    0B ./Network
    5.9G ./private
    2.3M ./sbin
    2.7G ./System
    54G ./Users
    407M ./usr
    4.0K ./Volumes
    69G .
    Mikes-MacBook-Air:/ xx$
     
  10. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Disk Utility!

    Well, TM is still off for now.. but..

    Ran disk utility, and found some issues. Repaired, and now have 47GB free space. 14GB Other - including the OS.

    More manageable.

    Thanks for the help.
     

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  11. ryan.1 macrumors newbie

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    Hey, facing the same issue here, did you simply press "Repair Permissions" ?
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Repairing permissions won't help with space issues. Repairing the disk may. Look at the right side of mikefly's screen shot.

    Using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks
     
  13. mikefly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Verified the HD - indicated problems as in screen cap. Did a restart and repair from restart screen.

    Good luck!
     
  14. ryan.1 macrumors newbie

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    Yes your right, i did both repair permissions and also repair disk from the recovery mode. Neither helped.

    Trying other methods now.
     
  15. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also having this issue :p It's beyond awful. At this point, I'm just going to wait for mountain Lion to do a clean install.


    This type of this is what I really hate about technology... :p Lion feels pretty unpolished to me :/
     

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