SSD Almost Full

HecktheMac

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During the sync operation with my dropbox, the SSD drive in my MacBook Pro became full.

I bought an external HD, 2TB

I stopped sync, and quit from dropbox

From the dropbox icon on top right, I clicked open dropbox folder

copied all files in that folder to external HD

Then deleted all files

I check HD space, no changes, 10 MB free space

Whats the problem?

Please advise, thanks
 

jerryk

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During the sync operation with my dropbox, the SSD drive in my MacBook Pro became full.

I bought an external HD, 2TB

I stopped sync, and quit from dropbox

From the dropbox icon on top right, I clicked open dropbox folder

copied all files in that folder to external HD

Then deleted all files

I check HD space, no changes, 10 MB free space

Whats the problem?

Please advise, thanks
Did you empty trash can?
 

jerryk

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See if dropbox pulled down the files again. I find unless I wait a while after making a change, dropbox gets out of sync and will do things like re-add files I deleted
 

maflynn

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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
 

HecktheMac

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Will try that, thanks

Can u pls tell me how do I get to command line?

I come from Windows
 

PBG4 Dude

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Terminal is in Applications --> Utilities --> Terminal

Alternatively, you can hit Command+Space (brings up searchbar) and start typing Terminal and hit Enter when you see the word auto completed.

You can start any application this way.
 
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Weaselboy

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Then deleted all files

I check HD space, no changes, 10 MB free space
Do you have Time Machine turned on? If so, Time Machine's local snapshots will cause this. You can read more about it here.

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202301

Run this command in Terminal and tell us the output. That will show any space used for these local snapshots.

Code:
sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /.MobileBackups
 
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DeltaMac

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Reminder: if you run a sudo command, the terminal will ask for your admin password.
You won't see that password at all as you type it, just enter it, then press enter to run the command.
 
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