"Others" storage

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  1. lightning inc., Mar 10, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016

    lightning inc. macrumors regular

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    Hi
    The "others" section on my storage in sucking all my storage.
    I tried everything:
    from first air on disk utility (It said that everything is ok) as omnidisk sweeper.
    How come it is such a known problem but no real good solution?
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    (I turned off my time machine and rebooted my computer before posting it)
    Please help :(
    Thanks!



    Update:
    I unchecked (And than re-checked) the icloud drive and now this is the status:
    [​IMG]
    Still 80 gb.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That storage readout is almost always completely wrong, particularly with Yosemite and El Capitan, so should just ignore it as far as the category amounts go.

    Setting aside the categories, does the total space used sound about right?
     
  3. lightning inc. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats the thing - No. I don't have any movies on my computer. I try to keep it clean as much as I can. (I don't have windows partition).
    about 2-3 gb of pictures and no music (Damn it sounds a bit sad).
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    What I am saying is those categories are almost always all wrong, so ignore it. Aside form the categories, does the total space used of about 118GB sound about right?
     
  5. lightning inc. thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, If I had to guess how much memory i use besides the OS so i would say about 15-20 GB.
     
  6. Teugeus macrumors member

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    I use an app called Daisy Disk (you can try the free version here https://daisydiskapp.com) and it allows you to find out what that Other storage actually is. I would recommend doing a full Time Machine backup before deleting any files though.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Okay... run this command in Terminal and post up the results. It will ask for your password and it takes a minute to complete, so wait for it to finish.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
    Apps like Daisy Disk and others may help some, but they can't see hidden and system folders like the Terminal command.
     
  8. lightning inc. thread starter macrumors regular

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    you mean those results?

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  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes.... but it looks like you did not wait long enough for it to finish. Try again and wait a bit longer. It will look like this.

    Code:
    1    /.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1    /.fseventsd
    0    /.PKInstallSandboxManager
    1    /.Spotlight-V100
    0    /.Trashes
    0    /.vol
    7    /Applications
    1    /bin
    0    /cores
    1    /dev
    1    /home
    8    /Library
    1    /net
    0    /Network
    4    /private
    1    /sbin
    6    /System
    33    /Users
    1    /usr
    1    /Volumes
    57    /
    57    total
     
  10. lightning inc. thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh sorry:
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  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't see anything odd there. Unless you think you should have less than 81GB is your users folder?

    You can drill down a little into that users folder with this command.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g ~/
     
  12. Oleg K. macrumors newbie

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    The "About this Mac" disk space breakdown is built using system's Spotlight service, and sometimes its database unfortunately gets out of sync with the actual disk content.

    When you notice that your actual disk content differs significantly from "About this Mac", you can try to force rebuild the Spotlight database, as described here (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201716)
    1. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
    2. Click Spotlight.
    3. Click the Privacy tab.
    4. Drag a folder or an entire volume (your hard drive) to the list.
    5. If prompted for confirmation, click OK.
    6. Remove the item or volume you just added to the list by clicking it and then clicking the minus ("-") button.
    7. Close Spotlight preferences.
    Spotlight will re-index the contents of the folder or volume.
     

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