Trying to clear up space, confused about "places" vs "devices" etc

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by betsyd123, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. betsyd123 macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Hi There - I'm new to the forums and I think I'm mac proficient but definitely not a pro, so bear with me while I try to be as clear as possible.

    After my brother stepped on my 13" black macbook (aka the love of my technological life), I felt compelled to go for the bigger screen and sprung for a used Macbook Pro. Shortly after buying it (from simply mac), I began getting messages that my startup disk is nearly full. I have some music, pics, and tv shows which I would imagine take up a decent amount of space, but I had way, way more on my old macbook, so I was perplexed as to why I was supposedly running out of space. At the advice of some other threads here, I downloaded WhatSize, which is giving me lots of insight into what's taking up space.

    My question is this - in WhatSize, under devices, it shows my Macintosh HD which has apparently only 169MB available. Down below in "places", it shows "macbookpro" (with the little house icon next to it) which is apparently 86.2GB, with "Music" taking up 77.4GB. Then, under places again, below it, there's "music," as its own separate "place," taking up 77.4gb. This is probably stupid, but I'm curious as to whether this is just the computer being redundant or whether, somehow, the music is stored in 2 places taking up equal amts of space?

    Also - what is the difference between my "macbookpro" as a place and my hard drive as a device??

    Does that make any sense??

    Thank you!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The Sidebar in Finder is a shortcut holder, under Devices it will show all storage devices, like your Macintosh HD, external HDDs, CD/DVDs, USB thumb drives, disk images (DMG). They can be added and removed manually from there without deleting any actual data (only the stored information about this shortcut being there).

    Under Places you will find shortcuts to folders like your Home folder (the one with the house), Applications, folders residing in your home folder like Music, Documents, Photos, .... .
    You can add and remove those too.

    So nothing is stored twice on your computer unless you tell it to.

    The difference between you MacBook Pro as a device and as a place is, one seems to be the user (if you have given your account the name "macbookpro" the other is the HDD, the actual physical device that stores the place you seem to call "macbookpro".

    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files. - text - videos - text - keyboard shortcuts

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