Where has my free space gone?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by omtatsat, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. omtatsat macrumors member

    omtatsat

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    Hello. I have an iMac with 38 GB Hard Disk.I have Mac Leopard 10.5.8 installed.

    The available free space( when I click on Hard Disk symbol and then information) shows 11.5 GB and 26.5 GB used space.

    When I manually add up what I have on all my files it comes to only 21.5 GB
    Where is the other 5 GB?

    Does the System use 5GB of Free place as reserve or memory?

    Thanks for help.:mad:
     
  2. celticpride678

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    The actual storage space and advertised storage space of a hard drive is always different.
     
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    It's gigabits vs gigabytes. I'm not smart enough to explain it, but that is the reason.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    haha dont be silly.

    but i dont think this is the case. the 38GB is GigaBytes.

    OSX will allocate a significant amount of space for virtual memory, temp files and the like - this is the likely cause of the space. download "What Size", which will give a detailed insight into what is using the space :)
     
  5. omtatsat thread starter macrumors member

    omtatsat

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    "What Size" program

    Thanks for tip! I found a large file called Printers with 3 GB of files for different printers. I deleted all except my printer and saved about 3 GB space!

    Are there any Language files that I can delete to save space?
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Use Monolingual to remove unwanted languages.

    Hard Drive Size Discrepancy

    There are also Disk Inventory X (PPC), OmniDiskSweeper (Universal) and GrandPersepctive (Universal) to scan your HDD for where the GBs are going to.

    Btw, MRoogle is a good tool to search to MR Fora for most questions and answers.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Did you include folders and such that are hidden. For instance /var/vm holds the swap files and they could potentially add up to a lot of space.

    Check out OmniDiskSweeper it shows you where your space is being consumed and its free :)
     

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