What is happening to my hard drive space?

FranksWildYears

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 1, 2010
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So, I have a 2011 iMac with a 1tb hdd.

I have, apparently, 327gb free despite Disk Inventory X & OmniDiskSweeper telling me that I've used roughly 278.3gb.

What the heck is Lion doing to my storage?! It's nothing to do with the logs, I've deleted them, it's not Mail downloading attachments infinite times (it's taking up 2.8gb and I have a LOT of email on the computer) and, so...I'm out of ideas. Going to 'About My Mac' reveals that a whopping 420gb is taken up by 'Other', which really cannot be right.

Any help would be great!
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion storage tab is about, this may help explain:
For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
 

FranksWildYears

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 1, 2010
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Thanks,

It ended up being the recovered messages (mail) folder on my girlfriend's login. 349gb! :eek: