Where is my hard drive space?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DolemiteJackson, May 16, 2008.

  1. DolemiteJackson macrumors member

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    I have just upgraded from an iBook 500mhz to a MacBook Pro 2.2ghz. Huge jump in technology.

    Anyways, when I look in About this Mac, I have a 111.79 GB Fujitsu hard drive.

    jDisk report tells me I'm using 18.9GB of hard drive, and the Finder says I've got

    61.07GB left. So where's the missing 31.82 gigs? I did fresh install as soon as I

    got this machine. Are there files that don't show up with jDiskreport?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    1 GB = 1000 in HardwareManufacturingLand; 1 GB =1024 in OSLand. This is what is happening.
     
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    No. They are not talking about that. They are not asking why they only see 111 instead of 120.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Right click on your HDD on the desktop and select 'Get Info'

    What capacity and space remaining does that report?
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Funny. That's exactly what they're talking about.

    Holy leet post, Batman!
     
  6. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Did you take into consideration the OS install and all subsequent updates?
     
  7. DolemiteJackson thread starter macrumors member

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    Good idea. This is reporting 50.4 GB being used. It's almost like the install disks

    were installed twice. Is there any way to tell if this is so?
     
  8. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Not that im aware of. You might wanna do a reinstallation. By the way are you sure you did an erase & install the first time or an archive and install?

    I hear the latter eats up more GBs
     
  9. bplein macrumors 6502

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    The old-school side of me suggests:

    sudo du / | sort -n | tail -n 100

    Which will show you the most filled directories.

    But for most people, "Disk Inventory X" is the GUI way to do it. Quicker too. Google it.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you did the archive and install, you can just delete the folder that says System Old or something time like.
     
  11. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    I found a folder in on my harddrive called Previous System. Is this folder safe to delete?
     
  12. bplein macrumors 6502

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    If you are happy with your install, and nothing is broken, then yes, you can delete it. If you still have sufficient space in your system, you can even leave this folder around for a while and then delete it at the point that you REALLY need the space.
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes. It just contains your old system files; does not contain any applications, documents, etc.
     

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