Phantom Data on my hard Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Trebe, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Trebe macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2012
    Hello all,

    I have recently been uploading movies to my mac mini and am confused at how much space it has taken up on my hard drive.

    In iTunes it says 330GB of data but when I go and look at about this mac it says I'm using 375GB?

    I have used Grand Perspective and gone through the movies folder in iTunes media and can not see any extra files?

    I would like that space for more movies!

    Any ideas?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For space issues, there are a few things you can try:
    • Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.
    • For Time Machine users on Lion, space may being consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled.
    • Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
    • Use OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.

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