"Other" space on HD's. It's NOT Time Machine, or "other graphics files"

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by chankane, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. chankane macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2013
    WTF?? :confused:

    For those that cannot see the pic document. It show's the Storage space for a MacBookProHD and 3 external HD's. They all have their "fair shares" of "Other" disk space, however there is one that carries a whopping 745GB's of OTHER disk space!!! WTH?? :eek:

    I counted the space of the folders and at most it was about 275GB's total, I have no other folder, especially one that holds 745GB's! :confused:

    This "Other" is NOT: 1) Time Machine, not 2) "oh, you must have other graphic type files in it", and not 3) "e-mail from your mail carrier". I've used Disk Utility to Verify, Erase, etc... no avail...

    Very curious if anyone can give a simple answer of: 1) what is it, and 2) how do I get rid of it? (omnisweep is NOT the answer).

    Appreciate any logical response!

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML storage tab is about, this may help explain:
    For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
    Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
    Freeing up space in Mac OS X

    How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
  3. chankane thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2013
    Thanks GGJ!

    Thank you for the very comprehensive and thorough reply!

    However, I juuuusst found out why.... I needed to empty the trash... Apparently when files are "deleted" they are really just "moved to the trash" which is in some kind of a invisible folder or state called "Other" which needs to to emptied to free up space...

    I knew it was a simple thing! :)

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