Trouble locating where my Hard-drive space is going!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MittenSox, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. MittenSox macrumors newbie

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    Feb 26, 2008
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    Hey as odd as this sounds I can't seem to locate where most my hard drives space is going, I have a MacBook Pro with a capacity of 111.47gb total.

    I appreciate some of this is taken by the OS but when I use the get info on my Finder tabs (Apps, Documents etc) it only ammounts to roughly 25gb max, I can't seem to locate the remaining 75 gb or so! Anyway of having an overview of your Hard Drive space? I hope I am not just being thick!

    Thanks a lot!:)
     
  2. riscy macrumors 6502a

    riscy

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    Disk Inventory X will show you where space is taken up on your Mac - quite useful, imo.
     
  3. mbestel macrumors member

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    Jan 17, 2010
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    Another option

    There is another option for working out where your space is going, but it may take a little longer.

    Open the terminal and get a shell as the administrator by typing:

    sudo sh

    You will need to enter the admin password.

    Now, type:

    du -sh /*

    This will go off and calculate the size of every directory and file at the root of your hard disk (i.e. the "Macintosh HD" level).

    From there, you will probably see that /Users is taking the most space, so you can drill-down by typing:

    du -sh /Users/*

    And so-on until you find where your space has gone.

    DiskInventoryX does give a nice graphical view of this however.

    Mark
     

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