SSD space - 90GB of 'other' What is it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Technodynamic, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Technodynamic macrumors 6502

    Technodynamic

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    Loving my macbook 15" rMBP since I got it in July. I transferred all my data from my old macbook pro 13" (mid 2010). It's been running great except I just seem to be using way too much space.

    Allocations on my 256GB SSD look like this:

    Audio 5 GB
    Movies 43 GB
    Photos 39 GB
    Apps 41 GB
    Other 90 GB <----- that's a back breaker

    What is eating up so much space? I don't have many documents on here at all to be honest. The OS can't eat up more than 25 GB?

    I have 30GB free, but should be seeing well over 100GB
     
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  3. Justinhub2003 macrumors regular

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    I actually recommend Daisy Disk. It has the best UI of any disc utility I've ever used.

    See below... and the free version is fine for 90% of people. It will show you a breakout of every single folder.

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  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    If this is from the my mac menu rather than the user folder contents it maybe misleading as that one goes by extension not what is in the folders.
    So if you have lots of big mkv videos which OSX doesn't recognize as video files it will report them as others.
     
  5. Technodynamic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Technodynamic

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    What is other (in the mac menu) usually consist of? OS files I assume?

    What is typical to have an entire installation of Mountain Lion? including the temp file it needs for sleep mode? I have 16GB RAM so I assume the tempt file is roughly the same.
     
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  7. dusk007 macrumors 68040

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    Other consists of everything that isn't in any of the other available categories.

    Just use Daisydisk it will tell you exactly what is using your diskspace. It is a 3MB app that costs nothing to check one volume and it needs about 30-60 sekonds to check an SSD.
     
  8. Technodynamic thread starter macrumors 6502

    Technodynamic

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    I used the free version of Daisy Disk and it did help identify more and more things. I've reduced my 'Other' from 90GB to 68 GB. Some of it was things like large emails in Outlook, some of it was iTunes movies, not movies saved in the movies folder. To be safe, I've backed up all my media on a local NAS and just deleted everything. Steam data is saved here as well, so I removed a game I dont play any more.

    It's about as lean as its going to get at 68 GB. Free space in now ~127GB.

    So mission complete.
     

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