Why is my Mac HD still full after deleting movies?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by verymalty, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. verymalty macrumors newbie

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    iMac (Mid 2011) running OS X Yosemite is up to storage capacity - main reason being lots of movies on iTunes. I deleted a load of them (figuring I can re-download them again if need be) but the free disk space has not increased. Why not? Following an internet search for answers I turned off Time Machine (my iMac is connected to a Time Capsule) but this hasn't helped. I'm stuck. Any help much appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I suggest you download DiskWave:
    http://diskwave.barthe.ph

    A small, free utility that will show you what is consuming space on your drive.

    Simplistic question:
    After you deleted the movies, did you empty the trash as well?
     
  3. verymalty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks but I'm not keen on downloading third party programs and am not convinced that's what's necessary. I already know what's consuming the space - movies. Yes, I emptied the trash.
     
  4. igucl macrumors 6502a

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    Empty the trash?

    Also, your Mac may need time to release the space that it may be using for backups. If you deleted the items, and you emptied the trash, the space will be free, even if it's not yet showing it as free space in the system information; it probably needs time to update the information.
     
  5. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Put up the graphic, lets have a look whats consuming the space.
    The storage management aspect is lacking for sure and it crazy you cant click on the colour and get to what makes up that allocated space. Another annoyance....
     
  6. verymalty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought this but it's been days - how long does it take?!
     
  7. verymalty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 17.33.44.png
    I must have deleted at least 150 GB worth of movies but it hasn't budged...
     
  8. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    you can re-run the indexing - this is another issue with macs...
    sudo mdutil -E /

    you can check for indexing with mdutil -s / and to enable if disabled is sudo mdutil -i on /
     
  9. chrfr macrumors 603

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    What does the "Get Info" command report on the disk? That sometimes will give a different, and more accurate, result than the window here.
     

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