"Others" Storage? in my Macbook Pro (retina)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Anand953, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Anand953 macrumors regular

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    Hi All:

    I have a MBPr 2014 (late) model with 128 GB storage. Off late I just observed that my "Others" storage keeps fluctuating and is currently showing 20.1 GB.. What is this "Others" storage and where I can I find it?

    Is there a way to optimise this usage? With 128GB, I can't afford to loose my space to unknown agents utilising my disk space :(
     
  2. pat500000 macrumors 603

    pat500000

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    I say....get external hard drive as your main...OR sell the MBP and get higher storage.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    If you have time machine enabled, then its local snapshots, i.e., backups on your main drive.

    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.

    If you run it with sudo (As shown below), it will include some system files that it woud not normally have access to scan. That is a more accurate representation of what's consuming your drive.
    Code:
    sudo /Applications/OmniDiskSweeper.app/Contents/MacOS/OmniDiskSweeper
    Another option is to use this terminal command
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /

    I prefer to redirect it to a text file (this puts it in your Documents folder
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g / > ~/Documents/du.txt

    Like the sudo /Applications/OmniDiskSweeper.app/Contents/MacOS/OmniDiskSweeper command, it will scan all directories, but produce a text file as opposed to showing the results in a window
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Other is everything that does not fall into one of the other categories (like the OS), and 20GB sounds about right.

    If you have reason to believe more space that usual is being used, run the Terminal command maflynn gave you and post up the results here so we can have a look and try to help you.
     

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