System information storage not correct?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by idkz, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. idkz macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    Okay, so I have a MacBook Pro from 2011 with OS X Mountain Lion.

    When I go to "About This Mac" and look at the system information and go to the storage tab, it says my applications are using up 60 GB of space.

    Now when I go to my applications and calculate its size, they only take up 20 GB.

    So I was wondering, where is this 40 GB coming from? Is this something hidden or does that storage system information just doesn't display it correctly or something? I'm trying to manage the free space on my computer but I don't really understand this.

    Greetings
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    In your calculations, did you include the pre-installed apps?
     
  3. idkz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well yes just every single application from "Applications" so I thought that should have been them all? Or are there also other pre-installed apps?
     
  4. atMac macrumors 6502

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    I think that includes all the files in Library and OS X
     
  5. idkz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mhh well but the library and system folder are only 16 GB together.
     
  6. TofSanity macrumors 6502a

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    i want to say OS X keeps a backup of all your data on your hard drive, which would double whatever GB you are using. Look around MacRumors, I pretty sure this was talked about at one time.
     
  7. TofSanity macrumors 6502a

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    This should answer your question

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1547580&highlight=using+more+storage
     

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  8. idkz thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. TofSanity macrumors 6502a

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    No problem. Most if not all issues and solutions are out there in the MacRumor universe it just takes some time to locate them. I had read the linked thread a while back. Good luck.
     

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