The space on my hard drive just pulled a Houdini

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by NavySEAL6, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    Ok, I'm running on a 15" Macbook Pro, Core Duo, 1GB Ram, with a 100 GB hard drive. System profiler is telling me my capacity is 92.84GB. I have 23.08GB remaining. Now granted... theres plenty of stuff on my computer such as a 20GB Music collection but heres my problem: My entire home folder only takes around 50GB. So i'm jus wondering...wheres all my other hd space and how do i get it back! the only thing I can think is its dedicated to virtual memory but i dont know. A little help please?
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    ~20GB for the OS, preinstalled apps (iLife and whatnot) and other apps you've installed sounds about right. That's a huge home folder and a fair amount of music. You might just need to get an external hard drive.

    Also, what's up with these threads popping up all of a sudden? That's the second one today. :D
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Easy to explain 92.84 - 23.08 = 69.76. So you have about 70GB of "stuff". You say your home folder is 50GB. so you are asking what is the other 20GB. That would be Mac OS X and all the applications and their data. It sounds about right. No mystery it adds up.

    You could remove the stuff you don't need. Like the trail version of iWork and MS Office and whatever else you don't think you will use
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    whatsize will tell you exactly how much space everything on your hard drive is taking up. This helped me clean out quite a bit of space on my MBP.
  5. NavySEAL6 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    nice thanks for the tips guys...that space really adds up! Anyway, while we're here, what is the best external HDD to buy, or should I get an internal with enclosure, very confusing to me lol. I'd like one with firewire 400 so i could use it to boot mac if need be, and i'd also like some software that could just create an exact image of my mac's hd and update it once a week or so. Is there any programs like this?
  6. obrien234 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2005
    Brighton, MI

    External HDD is a personal preference, I personally like to stay away from Maxtors and stay with Seagates and Western Digitals (never had a problem with either of those drives in my day...)

    About the backup software. I use Carbon Copy Cloner which is an excellent free backup utility. A lot of folks use Super Duper which has a few more features than Carbon Copy. It also has a very nice Smart update which shortens the backup time dramatically.

    What you will learn from both of them though is that you most likely will want to avoid the "disk image" process. CCC prefers a bootable backup system that allows you to test your backup immediately with no damage to your actual system.

    With whatever system you do end up using I highly suggest you thoroughly read the instructions and warnings because you can end up relying on a useless backup...

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