Others taking a lot of storage on Mac

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  1. FeliApple macrumors 6502

    FeliApple

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    The Others category on about this Mac is taking 20GB of storage on my 128GB 2015 MBP and I barely have 5 apps installed totalling like 150MB. How can I find out what is using the storage? I am on El Cap.
     
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    I am reindexing Spotlight, thank you.
    Edit: I reindexed Spotlight and it is even higher than before.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    To get a quick overview of the space usage, you can use this Terminal command:
    Code:
    sudo du -hxd 1 /
     
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    I used a different command. Ignore the quality of the picture, took it with my iPad as I couldn't upload the screenshot on my Mac. Nothing sounds off though.
     

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  5. KALLT macrumors 601

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    This does not look unusual. The system itself costs data and it will generate caches for you to speed things up. I wouldn’t worry about this.
     
  6. chown33 macrumors 604

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    For future reference, text in a Terminal window can be drag-selected. Then ⌘C will copy it to the clipboard, and you can paste it into an ordinary post here.
     
  7. FeliApple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you both. I will not worry about it then. Chown I used the command that was suggested to lightning in the quoted thread above, thanks for that too.
     
  8. KALLT macrumors 601

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    You should consider updating to macOS Sierra. Apple focusses more on lower space usage in that version and gives you extra tools and information.
     
  9. FeliApple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am new to OS X and I have ported updating fears from iOS but if I have a problem I can reinstall El Cap if I recall correctly? Or is that impossible?
     
  10. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Updates are usually unproblematic. Nevertheless, Apple provides the tools to get you back on your feet if something goes wrong. You should make a backup with Time Machine. If something goes wrong, you can restore a Time Machine snapshot and continue as if nothing happened. You can also always reinstall the original system that your computer shipped with.
     
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    Thanks for the information!
     

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