Unknown "Other" space taking up GB's of memory


Pumapayam

macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 11, 2009
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Use OmniDiskSweeper to view the files on your Media drive. It will show you exactly that files are large.

OmniDiskSweeper free

http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/
Thank you! I have done similar programs and all the "large" files seem to be media files or iOS files. I have gone and clean those out. Is Omni Disk Sweeper any different and will it find large files that are not the above mentioned?
 

dsemf

macrumors 6502
Jul 26, 2014
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So, how do I have over 800 GB of "other" but I can't find out where or what it is!?! I have Googled and Youtube troubleshooting techniques with no luck. Someone please help.
Here is what I use.

Open a terminal window and as an admin user:
Code:
sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
You will get a list like the following.
Code:
1    /.DocumentRevisions-V100
1    /.fseventsd
0    /.PKInstallSandboxManager-SystemSoftware
2    /.Spotlight-V100
0    /.vol
9    /Applications
1    /bin
0    /cores
1    /dev
1    /home
4    /Library
1    /net
0    /Network
7    /private
1    /sbin
10    /System
73    /Users
1    /usr
1    /Volumes
104    /
104    total
Now you can drill down on areas of interest. For example, change the last / to /Users to see how much space each user is using.

DS