Space on HD......where as it gone??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bulldog VII, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. Bulldog VII macrumors 6502

    Bulldog VII

    Jul 10, 2007
    Hi all

    I was wondering if anyone can help me, I've got an imac with a 160 GB hard drive on.

    I have the usual programs & bits & pieces on & my available space left on my HD is only 40 GB. I think I managed to duplicate my HD & was wondering if anyone had any ideas where this could be hidden??

    I only have 2 GB of pictures, 20 GB of music & my applications, documents only account for another 3 GB. So I should have loads???

    Any help or comments would be appreciated

  2. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    Give this a shot. I've tried it and it works. It scans the drive and shows the files on it in graphic form. The file info shows up when you mouse over them.
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I've tried 'em all, and I always go back to OmniDiskSweeper.

    A lot of the other products may not show everything depending on the permissions of the user running app. This is not helpful if you have a run-away log file in the wheel group!

    No such issue with ODS. It's not pretty, but it doesn't need to be. Just give me the name, the size, and a navigable UI. Heck, it'll even delete the offending whatever for you (if you pay for the app, that is).
  4. Wikinerd macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
    The OS takes up 11 GB (well including some of your apps), and remember that the formatting takes away slightly less than 10% of the drive... that's around 10GB.

    but yes, that still leaves 40 GB unaccounted for.

    Check Disk Utility that's already installed ( Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility)
    See if you have a "missing partition or something...

    Also you can always clone your drive, then reformat it as 1 partition then clone it back.

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