What's this 'other' occupying space?

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

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    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

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    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

    GGJstudios

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    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.
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    • 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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