System takes up loads of HD space

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  1. annie90 macrumors member

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    Hi Guys,

    I upgraded my HD to a 500gb SSD last year. However it now pretty much full.

    It says in about my Mac that my system is taking up 215gb.
    Is there anything I can do to reduce this number and free up some space ?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run this command in Terminal and give it a minute to complete, then post the results here. This will show all the base folders and space used by each to give us an idea what is going on.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
    Also, sometimes what happens is the Spotlight index gets corrupted and this causes that storage readout to all wrong. If you run the command below in Terminal and give it a half hour or so to work... it will reindex Spotlight and often fix that storage readout.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  3. annie90 thread starter macrumors member

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    is this what I should get

    4 /.com.apple.NetBootX

    1 /.DocumentRevisions-V100

    1 /.fseventsd

    1 /.MobileBackups

    0 /.PKInstallSandboxManager-SystemSoftware

    1 /.Spotlight-V100

    0 /.Trashes

    0 /.vol

    27 /Applications

    1 /bin

    0 /cores

    1 /dev

    1 /home

    16 /Library

    1 /net

    0 /Network

    14 /private

    1 /sbin

    8 /System

    360 /Users

    1 /usr

    1 /Volumes

    428 /

    428 total

    MacBook-Pro:~ Annie$
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes... but you jumped the gun a bit... it is not done yet. Let is finish. You will see a total at the bottom when it is done.
     
  5. annie90 thread starter macrumors member

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    hi I noticed that just updated the other post with the rest
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't see anything really wrong there. Looks like most of the space is being used by your personal Users fodler there. Gran an app like OmniDisksweeper and use it to see what is taking up that user space.

    Does 360GB sound about right for all your personal files and data?
     
  7. annie90 thread starter macrumors member

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    I just went into about my mac and added up my personal files and it working out at 250 gb
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't mean there... because that can be off due to the issue I mentioned earlier. I mean, just off the top of your head, does that sound about right for all your data?

    Run Omni and it will give you a nice graphical layout of the biggest storage sections in your user account.
     
  9. annie90 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think I would have that much my itunes is 127 gb and I'm not sure how to find out the size of my photo library.

    I wouldn't think my photo and documents would 230gb
     
  10. MarcBou macrumors regular

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    Do you have Sierra? Because just clicking on "about this Mac" ---> Storage, you can see all the files that are taking the space (documents, apps, photos, etc.)
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Give Omni a run and you will be able to see.

    Or you can run this command to see what users folder space usage is. This is a little different from the last command with the ~ added in for users folders.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g ~/
     

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