Yosemite Update Ate Up 160GB Off My Hard Drive

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  1. donster28, Nov 17, 2014
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    donster28 macrumors 65816

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    Hi folks, I've been a proficient Mac user for a while now but it bugs me that I cannot figure out what's eating 130 GB of my hard drive.

    I checked all my files in the finder and I cannot find a single file (or a combination of files) that corresponds to the consumed disk space.

    I have the latest version of Yosemite and my rMBP is a late-2013 base 15-inch.

    Can anyone help me in pinpointing this culprit so I can delete it?

    Thanks in advance.

    UPDATE 1:
    I have since re-formatted and re-installed Yosemite and I reclaimed my system back including the unknown occupied space. I have to correct my earlier posts and indicate that I actually lost 160+ GB instead of 130.

    I have also investigated further and I noticed with my Time Machine back-up, a day before updating to the latest version of Yosemite, that I had the whole available disk space reported, leaving me to believe that the Yosemite update might have been the culprit. I will keep an eye on this the next time I update again and report back here.

    I am updating the title of my thread to reflect what I found out, hoping to attract any who has encountered the same anomaly as I did.

    This is the first time I encountered this with any Macs I ever owned. I have always found anything occupying my hard drives in the past by simply looking under Finder and sorting by file size.

    UPDATE 2:
    My rMBP seems to run a lot snappier after the fresh install. My re-occuring problems of accessing my Time Capsule drive have also been resolved...no more waiting forever for the Time Capsule drive to appear as an available drive, no more 'drive is not available' messages either.

    I have always upgraded from a previous OS thinking that it can do no harm. I am now a believer of fresh installations!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the storage tab is about, this may help explain: For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply: Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question: Freeing up drive space in Mac OS X
     
  3. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks very much for the quick reply and for the resource. I'll try to see if I can resolve this by following a few of the steps you're recommending. :)
     
  4. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    It's not really 'other' its more everything else

    Apps, photos, music and video files of known types have their own categories

    Everything else including any deleted items sat in trash (even if they're video audio or photos gets categorized as 'other' and lumped together

    In my case I've got 68GB of 'other' sat on my boot drive and 40GB of that is four or five disk images for parallels

    OSX itself gets categorized as 'other' which would be best part of another 10GB?

    Then I've got 10Gb of miscelaneous pdf files, zip archives, a windows 8 iso file, documents, windows executables and a dmg or two
     
  5. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have done checking my hard drive by following the advice of GGJstudios and I cannot find any files that total 130 GB.

    I can understand 40 GB, but 130? :(
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you check Time Machine snapshots? Did you run a few of the apps recommended to see how space is consumed on your drive? Did you check your drive with Disk Utility? Re-index Spotlight? Restart your computer?
     
  7. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    The best tool to find it would be OmniDiskSweeper. DiskInventoryX will also help.
     
  8. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have done the above. I've also used OmniDiskSweeper and it was not showing me anything that make up the 130GB.

    I am still baffled.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Is that the only such app you tried? As I said earlier, some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.
     
  10. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    If so, then the most likely reason now is that it does not exist. Perhaps the index is screwed up. Set Spotlight off to reindex your computer. Then you will have a more accurate graphic.
     
  11. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'll try the rest...thanks for still helping out. :)

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    I tried re-indexing to no avail. I will try it again just to make sure. Thanks for your advise. :)
     
  12. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Tried all of them now and they still did not show me the space consumed. :(

    I am contemplating re-installing Yosemite from scratch but if there is still anything you can advise me to do before I do that would be great.

    PS. My Time Machine sparsebundle seems to also contain the 130 GB mystery space...if I restore from it after a fresh install, will I be back to the same problem?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I can tell you that over years of responding to issues like yours, I've added to that initial post. I haven't seen any such issues that weren't addressed by the contents of that post. You may want to run through the checklist again, making sure you didn't miss something, before you reinstall.
     
  14. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Could this be a bug in Yosemite? I can tell you too that I haven't experienced this before until now. I was always able to pinpoint any file that consumed my hard drive.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Anything is possible, but I haven't heard of such a bug in Yosemite.
     
  16. donster28, Nov 17, 2014
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    donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks again. If I can recall, I never really noticed this discrepancy until I updated Yosemite this afternoon.

    I will probably just re-install Yosemite tomorrow. I've done everything you've suggested and double-checked the list to no avail. Yosemite has been slightly buggy on my machine since I upgraded and fresh installing might make it a little bit more stable. I also opted to upgrade from Mavericks instead of fresh installing so this might be part of the problem.

    Again, thanks for trying to help out...I greatly appreciate it :)
     
  17. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    might be worth posting a screenshot of what Omnidisc shows for the root of your SSD?

    mine is attached below (I've moved some stuff off the boot drive to see what gets counted as other)

    mine shows 50.6GB thru the OmniDisc sweep, whereas About this mac shows 53.5GB used.

    Where the 'missing' 3GB on my SSD that doesnt show up via Omnidisc gets accounted for? System (2.5GB under reported) and usr (0.4GB under reported)
     

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  18. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    On mine, OmnidiskSweeper doesn't show anything else not already shown in my finder. Plus, I'm looking for 130 GB which should be easy to spot, but all I see in OmniDiskSweeper and Finder are smaller files which don't even total 130 GB, not nearly.
     
  19. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    I was going to suggest iphone and ipad backups along with ginormous amounts of phone and ipad apps being stored in itunes etc,

    but if the declared space in the folders shown in that left hand pane of Omni disc bears no relation to what your drive is saying is used (ie dont add up to the 130GB plus you're looking for) then yes, definately sounds like some sort of glitch.
     
  20. email4nickp macrumors newbie

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    Try running a verify disk in disk utility. It's very possible that it's got the free space messed up and needs fixing. To fix it you'll need to boot into the recovery partition though.
     
  21. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I actually have my iTunes media on a separate drive (my Time Machine disk). I also check for any duplicates on my rMBP drive and all is good.

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    I already did that from Disk Utility and by using 'Cocktail', still no resolve.
     
  22. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    As snorkelman suggested, it would be useful if you could post a screenshot of:
    a) About this Mac -> More Info -> Storage
    b) DiscInventoryX (my preferred tool)
     
  23. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run the command below in Terminal and it will show the size of the base folders and space used in GB for each and that will help us pin this down for you. You will be asked for your password and it takes a couple minutes to run.

    Post the results up here so we can take a look.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
    The output will look like this. This will show hidden and system folders that are not shown by any of those apps mentioned.

    Code:
    1	/.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1	/.fseventsd
    0	/.PKInstallSandboxManager
    1	/.Spotlight-V100
    0	/.Trashes
    0	/.vol
    9	/Applications
    1	/bin
    0	/cores
    1	/dev
    1	/home
    9	/Library
    1	/net
    0	/Network
    3	/private
    1	/sbin
    5	/System
    25	/Users
    1	/usr
    1	/Volumes
    51	/
    51	total
     
  24. deathdruid macrumors member

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    Second the recommendation for Disk Inventory X: it helps me figure out very quickly what is taking up extra space on my drive. Just yesterday, I moved a bunch of old archives over to my external backup drive and freed up about 10GB.

    If you can't figure it out with Disk Inventory X, please post a screenshot.
     
  25. donster28, Nov 18, 2014
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    donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you all guys for the latest responses and advice.

    Unfortunately, I have since re-formatted and re-installed Yosemite and I reclaimed my system back including the unknown occupied space. I have to correct my earlier posts and indicate that I actually lost 160+ GB instead of 130.

    I have also investigated further and I noticed with my Time Machine back-up, a day before updating to the latest version of Yosemite, that I had the whole available disk space reported, leaving me to believe that the Yosemite update might have been the culprit. I will keep an eye on this the next time I update again and report back here.

    I am updating the title of my thread to reflect what I found out, hoping to attract any who has encountered the same anomaly as I did.

    This is the first time I encountered this with any Macs I ever owned. I have always found anything occupying my hard drives in the past by simply looking under Finder and sorting by file size.
     

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