What's eating my hard drive space?!

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  1. ode2joy, Feb 23, 2012
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    ode2joy macrumors member

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    I have a macbook pro, 160GB drive, running OSX10.6.8. I supposedly have only 1.5 GB of disc space free, but am lost on what's on it! I have about 45GB of music on iTunes, and about 30GB of pictures, and am a novice home user, no large programs installed or used. How do i find out what's eating all of my space? I tried to launch disc utility and verify/repair disc, but it stops and tells me i need to run my recovery disc, and when i do that, it says i don't have room to run it.

    How do i clean this up without deleting my pics and music?

    I do have a 2TB time capsule, running fine, but i don't understand it completely.

    thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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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:

    How to post an image.
     
  3. ode2joy thread starter macrumors member

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    What's eating my hard drive space?

    I have a macbook pro, 160GB drive, running OSX10.6.8. I supposedly have only 1.5 GB of disc space free, but am lost on what's on it! I have about 45GB of music on iTunes, and about 30GB of pictures, and am a novice home user, no large programs installed or used. How do i find out what's eating all of my space? I tried to launch disc utility and verify/repair disc, but it stops and tells me i need to run my recovery disc, and when i do that, it says i don't have room to run it.
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    How do i clean this up without deleting my pics and music?

    I do have a 2TB time capsule, running fine, but i don't understand it completely.

    thanks
     
  4. ode2joy thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, i tried again with screenshot of what i'm getting. Disregard this post, it won't delete. Sorry and thanks
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    You can just use the [​IMG] button to add a screenshot or make a new post, no need for a second thread.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

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    Try searching your mac for "." and File Size + is greater than + 50 + MB. See if anything comes up there. Also, you can Quick Look some folders on your HD, to locate where the space is being taken up.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need to start a new thread. You can edit your first post in this thread to add a pic. Click Edit, then "Go Advanced" to access the paperclip icon to add a pic. If you want a post deleted, click the report post button [​IMG] to the left of that post and ask a moderator to delete the post.

    Using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks
     
  8. wayoutnorth macrumors member

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    Try "DaisyDisk".
    Available at the mac app store, and its awesome! :)
     
  9. ode2joy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, thought about Daisydisk but just downloaded Disk Inventory X instead, at least first anyway. Any idea on repairing problem?
     
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  11. ode2joy thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah, thanks GG. I was trying to delete and repost because i couldn't figure out find the attatchment paper clip in 'edit'. You've taught me two or three things here. I'll attempt to muck things up no more.

    Oh, and i'm not running Lion so i don't have the option to see what's in the 'other' category.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's OK. Just skip that part and go to the rest of the suggestions.
     

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