Start-up disk getting full - but what's filling it up?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by badlydrawnboy, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I have a 120 GB SSD that I use for my boot drive. I got a warning it's getting full which surprised me, because I store my data on an internal RAID 0.

    I did a "Get Info" on my user folder and it says 93 GB. Whoa! But when I do "Get Info" on all of the folders in the user directory (i.e. Applications, Documents, etc.), they don't add up to 93 GB. I discovered that the main chunk of this 93 GB are the Parallels Virtual Machines, but that only accounts for 45 GB. There are a few other folders that are about 700 MB - 1 GB, but I can't figure out where the other 45 GB are.

    Any idea how to find out?

    And also, if there are any Parallels users out there, can I store the VMs in a different location other than the Documents folder?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I use the free OmniDiskSweeper app to show me how much space each folder is using.

    And yes, you should be able to copy your VM to an external drive (as long as it's not open and running when you do it). :)
  3. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
  4. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
  5. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    Thanks everyone. Found out I had duplicates of my virtual machines on the boot drive. I moved them to my data drive a while back, but forgot to delete the duplicates. I'm back to having 80% free space on the boot drive. Hooray!

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