trying to see why HD so full, Users folder is 594gb and growing but contents are only 140gb

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by madeirabhoy, May 31, 2019.

  1. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    happened to notice my internal drive only has 115gb of space. not a stress but wondered what was taking up all the space as most docs and stuff are on external drive.

    when I go into my users folder, it says 594.71GB
    inside that there's
    Shared 55.45GB
    (name of my admin username) 549.57GB

    when I go into my admin username's folder, the only user name I have..
    theres Pictures 39.13gb
    documents 15.99gb
    movies 3.56gb

    and a few other folders adding up to basically 2gb

    Actually in the time I've taken to writing this my user s folder is now 617gb. what's going on???
  2. NoBoMac macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2014
    From Terminal:

    du -h .
    You might be missing hidden folders.
  3. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    If 115gb is < 20% the size of your disk then you need to start deleting things to avoid potential problems.

    There are a number of utilities which will help in determining what is using your disk space, such as DaisyDisk:

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  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Download DiskWave from here:
    It's small in size and free.

    Open DiskWave and go to the preferences.
    Put a checkmark in "show invisible files".
    Close preferences.

    The DiskWave window shows you all your drives in plain English (no ridiculous graphical formats).
    Click on the internal drive.
    Now, you'll see what's ON the drive, listed in order of "largest to smallest".
    You can easily locate what's eating up your space.

    What is it?
  5. madeirabhoy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    cheers it was my steam folder

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