User Account Size Query

Discussion in 'macOS' started by christurbo, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. christurbo macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    Staffordshire, UK
    Hi have recently migrated from a Pro to an Air SSD so have moved all of my iphoto/imovie/itunes files to a NAS.

    I am looking to free up more space or find out what is left. However my user account seems to look bigger than what it is.

    Get info:

    User account 'Chris' - 18.98GB
    All folders inside 'Chris' - 7.3GB

    Where is the other 11GB?

    My SSD looks like this at the moment:

    Capacity - 120.47GB
    Used - 41.81GB

    Of which:

    Apps: 7.76GB
    Library: 5.32GB
    System - 4.43GB
    Users - 18.98GB
  2. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Use something like OmniDiskSweeper to find where it's hiding (it's free).
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For space issues, there are a few things you can try:
    • Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.
    • Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
    • For Time Machine users on Lion, Time Machine local snapshots may be consuming space.
    • Use OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.
  4. christurbo thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    Staffordshire, UK
    Reboot has cleared 1GB. I will have to check with Omnidisksweeper.

  5. christurbo, Jan 14, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012

    christurbo thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    Staffordshire, UK
    It was the hidden library folder that was holding the 11GB
    Of which 7.5GB was Mail and the rest was mobile backup.

    I need to go through a lot of mail! Oh dear.
  6. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Plus clear your Internet cache and browser history every once in a while.
  7. jmbrown91, Jan 15, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012

    jmbrown91 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2011
    Northampton, UK
    I have a similar issue..

    I updated my 2010 MBP hard drive from standard 250GB hard drive to 750GB, cloned the drive onto the new one and have been ripping DVDs onto the hard drive for use in iTunes and now the hard drive is showing 222.72GB free and my 'Home' folder is showing 33.01GB free.

    Does anyone know how I can merge that 222GB of what is essentially free space into my home folder so I can use it?

    thanks in advance

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