What's this 'other' occupying space?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by entatlrg, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Looking at available space on my hard drive I noticed something called 'other' is occupying 160bg on a 256 ssd, but I only have 70gb of data on the drive.

    It's not time machine back ups ... just a mystery and I can't find a way to delete it or recover the space.
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    DiscInventoryX, Omnidiscsweeper, DaisyDisc are names of some free and very useful tools that help you understand what is occupying your HD space.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For space issues, there are a few things you can try. Some may not apply:
    • Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.
    • For Time Machine users on Lion, space may being consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled.
    • Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
    • Use OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.

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