What shows correct storage available?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tom Schrier, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Tom Schrier macrumors member

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    I am not sure how much storage is available on my iMac. (Yosemite 10.10.4)
    About This Mac's "color bar" shows that apps use 125 GB, but says: 915,05 of 999,35 GB available.
    In Disk utility it says: Capacity: 999,35 GB, Available: 915,03 GB, Used: 84,31 GB

    So how much storage do I have left? :confused:

    Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/8hhaX
     
  2. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen some disparities in the past like this. I tbh go into terminal and run the following command

    df -h

    its gives disk usage and the -h argument makes it human readable. I find it more reliable and familiar in that its the same command I run on my CLI only linux servers. How apple determines disk use I never grasped to generate the variances in the gui methods. With this command top line /dev/disk1 should be what the system thinks it has in simplest way possible.
     
  3. Tom Schrier thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the reply! :)
    I ran the command in Terminal and got this. Can you please help me? I dont really understand what all of it means. :oops:
     
  4. LOLobo macrumors member

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    You have 78GB used on your main partition "/".
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Personally, I'd just use what Disk Utility tells you. If "Macintosh HD" is visible in your Finder, you can right-click on that and "Get Info", and it should match Disk Utility's results.

    The "About This Mac" color bar has shown inaccurate usage amounts (like for your Apps) for a lot of folks, so I'm not a big fan of recommending that method.
     
  6. Tom Schrier thread starter macrumors member

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    So I guess that my apps dont use 125GB. Should I be worried about my Mac not showing the correct info?
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The "About This Mac" has always shown incorrect information on all of my Macs. I don't worry about it, I just don't use it. Be interesting to hear what other peoples experience with it has been!
     
  8. Tom Schrier thread starter macrumors member

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    Macintosh HD in Finder indeed shows 915GB left / 84 Gb used. that matches Disk Utility. From now I will use that to find out how much storage is left. Thank you! :)
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That storage readout is notoriously screwed up, particularly on Yosemite. It uses the Spotlight index for its data and that index becomes corrupt and the amounts are shown all wrong.

    You can run the command below in Terminal to reindex Spotlight and that will correct it. But my experience is that over time it gets messed up again, so I just pay not attention to it.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     

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