SSD space decreasing for no reason. What is the problem?

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  1. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    I just installed an SSD in my Macbook Pro but even when I am not doing anything the space used on the SSD keeps increasing. What is causing this problem?
     
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    local snapshots from TimeMachine?
     
  3. TheJing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What Mac OS X version do you use?
    What SSD model do you have in what MBP model?
    Take a look at DiskInventory X, OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see where your SSD space went to.

    It could also be your swapped RAM.
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    Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and check the "System Memory" tab to see what your "Page ins:", "Page outs:" and "Swap used:" are.

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  5. TheJing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Macbook Pro 13´ base model. So i5 4GB RAM. Running Lion.

    The SSD is a Samsung 470 64GB.

    It says Page Ins: 385MB
    Page outs: 0 bytes
    Swap used: 0 bytes

    I dont know much about computers so any help is really appreciated.


    EDIT: I did not do anything and the space used went from 22GB to 23GB and then to 15GB.
     
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    do you use TimeMachine?
     
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    Have you tried any of the applications I linked you to? I personally prefer OmniDiskSweeper.
     
  8. TheJing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh yea actually I did one thing, I Turned Time Machine off and thats when it went down to 15GB.
     
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    did you disable Local Snapshots like in the post i posted?
     
  10. TheJing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried and it asks for my password but wont let me type it.


    Im sorry guys Im new to all this.
     
  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    what do you mean wont let your type it
     
  12. TheJing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    When I type nothing appears on the screen. Is it supposed to be that way?

    I just restarted my computer. Before it was at 15GB now it went back to 22GB.
     
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    in Terminal? i think when your type a password its doesnt show anything even a *

    how many GB do you feel like you should have?
     
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    If I had to guess, it's the sleep file (or whatever it is called) that is taking the space. Every time you sleep your Mac, the contents of RAM get written to the HD/SSD, which obviously takes some space. See this article in order to figure out the size of your sleep file.
     
  15. TheJing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is what it looks like.

    Library is taking 7GB
    Private is taking up 5,2GB in there is the Sleep image at 4.2GB
    User 3,2GB
    Applications 3,1GB
    System 2,6GB

    Which adds up to around 22GB. But how come it went down to 15GB for a while and why does it keep on growing?
     

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