What is stealing my capacity?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by bniu, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    I don't really save much onto my MBP's SSD but I do run a lot of ram heavy tasks that do eat up virtual memory. The other day, I noticed my free capacity drop from over 70gigs down to 25! I figured it was likely the swap file. Even when I restart my mac, I don't get any space back. What is this thing that is eating my valuable SSD space?

    I do have trim enabled on my crucial m4. Does the mac give me back capacity after it's done trimming? I leave my computer on idle overnight...
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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:
  3. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    Fantastic Answer,

    I would like to add that time machine local snapshots stay for 1 week maximum. So, if you deleted a large # of files, you'll only really free up space one week later (unless you start to fill up your drive, in which case the backups will be deleted to make room)

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