'Other' taking too much Hard Drive space

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Arzuhl, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Arzuhl macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011
    Hey guys.
    First time posting so please be gentle.
    I have a problem with my Hard Drive reporting my usage, it is a 1 TB drive in a 2011 27" Imac, running Lion.
    I have installed a 102gb partition for Bootcamp also.
    Usage is as follows, Audio 16.06 gb
    Movies 40.86
    Photos 268.31
    Apps 8.36
    Backups 0kb (as I back up to an external hard drive)
    Other 478.85!!!!!!!!!!!
    When I enter Finder and click on Get Info from my personal folder that contains all my files on the MacIntosh HD it says I have used 369.05.
    The Mac is saying I only have 85gb of free space, surely that cant be right?
    What is going on with the 'Other ' section of the drive and how can I delete the files in there.
    Any help appreciated as I have only had this Imac since February and Im sure I have not put that much information on it.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. Arzuhl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011
    Wow, looks like a tough one.
    I ran Omnisweeper and it has told me about my files but no reference at all to what or where the 'other' files are.
    Been on to Apple tech support and they are stumped as well, waiting for a call back tomorrow for further help.
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Open terminal

    type in

    cd ~ [hit enter - do not type this]
    du -d1 -h [hit enter]

    You'll get something like this

    1.0M ./.dropbox
    4.0K ./.dvdcss
    19G ./.Trash
    200M ./Code
    3.9G ./Desktop
    30M ./Documents
    3.7G ./Downloads
    7.9M ./Dropbox
    7.0G ./Library
    16G ./Movies
    10G ./Music
    6.0M ./Pictures
    0B ./Public
    76K ./Temp

    Tell us what you see?

    Then type in

    cd / [hit enter]
    sudo du -d1 -h [hit enter]

    What do you see?

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