"Other" storage issues

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Ruffian829, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. Ruffian829 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I purchased a macbook air last August and it has 120GB of storage. Considering I do 99% photos and basic internet browsing with nothing else on my laptop, I figured this would be fine. Admittedly, my photo library is big, it says 38.58 gb. BUT, "other" is taking up 47.79GB. I am so confused as to what this "other" is. I have downloaded CleanMyMac3 and it did not help (in fact, my Other seemed to increase after use).

    Any suggestions here? I am still using the photo stream on photos, not iCloud / photo storage... would that make any difference? I have no idea how to free up space here. I haven't really downloaded any apps, I don't do much else on my macbook.

    I'm desperate for help here, I have "no space" left on a relatively new/very lightly used computer. I can't even download and install Sierra...
     
  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

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    do you use an email client? messages? how big is your downloads folder? you might want to invest in a tool, something like DaisyDisk.
     
  3. Ruffian829 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you, I downloaded DaisyDisk. I deleted the email client and through DaisyDisk realized I still needed to delete the cache (7gb) so I've done that. I do use messages (6gb) so I'm going to delete those as well. Downloads folder was already nearly empty.

    A lot of other space seems to be taken by ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.photos.cloud
    ... messing with this seems to be beyond my expertise (which I dare say is from from expert anything, I'm very basic level here)

    Would purchasing iCloud storage and turning on my iCloud sync and such help here??
     

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