What is the "Other" section on Storage?

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  1. L T macrumors 6502

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    Hello

    My MBA was getting a little bit full so I moved some of my iTunes onto an external hard rive, left left me about 40GB free, but I still have 40GB being used up by "Other"

    I can't think what it might be and its really bugging me, is there anyway I can get it more specifically than 'Other'

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    Thanks
     

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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.

    The other category you see is just about everything that is not in any other category so its not that helpful imo
     
  3. rei101 macrumors 6502a

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    Text files, excel files, after effects projects, Final Cut Projects, cache. Basically anything else that does not end in .mov .jpeg or similar.
     
  4. Stewart21 macrumors regular

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    It could be Time Machine backups which are stored on your hard drive if Time Machine is on but no external disk is connected and mounted.
     
  5. Appledreamer macrumors member

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    It will also include iphone or iPad back ups, if you go into iTunes and go to your back ups you will see you may have a list of them......some can be 8GB each, i know i have two of that size......
     
  6. L T thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do I find the back ups?
     
  7. AnorexicPig macrumors 6502

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    No, Time Machine Local backups are under the pink category 'backups'.

    For backups of iPhones or iPads go to iTunes>preferences>devices and there you will find backups.

    Install Disk Inventory X,it will give you the break-up of what's in your computer.
     
  8. Appledreamer macrumors member

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    Load itunes......

    click the iTunes tab beside the apple top left.....

    go to preferences

    Devices......and all back ups will be there.....

    let me know if that helps
     
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    You know your Mac people are spoiled. :D

    When I was on Windows XP they don't even categorize things for you. If I had a question why my HD was filling up, I just do a file search, analogous to Magnifying Glass in OSX, then filter the result say for files > 500 MB and sorted in decending order. BAM. That's it. Those big files are staring at me.

    You Mac folks, you have to rely on OSX to tell you what they are! :p
     
  10. L T thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Bingo, thanks mate,

    I guess its good practice to keep 1 back up of each device, just incase iCloud goes wrong?
     
  11. Appledreamer macrumors member

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    Ive never backed up to iCloud as i don't have home broadband with a big data usage i use a dongle...so i only use the laptop for back ups.

    The choice is yours.
     
  12. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    That is where the NSA stores their surveillance stuff :cool:
     
  13. L T thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I deleted 5 or so back ups and that gave me an extra 15GB, that should all keep me going for a while,

    Thanks
     

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