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

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Pumapayam, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Pumapayam macrumors member

    Pumapayam

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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.
     

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  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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  3. Pumapayam thread starter macrumors member

    Pumapayam

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    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?
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68040

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  5. dsemf macrumors 6502

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    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
     

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