Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
I don't know how your videos are encoded but that does indeed look like a lot of space used for what you've got.
Have you emptied the Trash? Maybe it's just that. The Trash is not backed up. Caches usually don't get that big, but clearing those will also free some space (folder Library/Caches in your user folder).
One way to find out where unexpectedly amounts of space have gone:
- Open a Finder window on the top level of your disk
- switch to list view (CMD+2)
- sort by size
- show view options (CMD+J)
- enable Calculate all sizes
The Finder will then find out all the aggregate sizes of the folders you can see (usually the invisible folders don't contain a lot of data, but when they are switched to visible with TinkerTool or the like, you'll see these too).
In list view you can open up any of the folders by clicking on the disclosure triangle left of the name to see the sizes of the sub-folders and files within. Drill down as far as you need to see.
When you're done, just disable Calculate all sizes again since it would slow things down in normal use.
There are also various specialized tools available to survey your disk space distribution.
Kit777 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
Make sure there are no duplicates in your iTunes music folder, I had 3 duplicates of pretty much everything after numerous retrievals of music off my old computer, on my MacBook I finally found that having 3 duplicates of about 20 movies and a helluva lot of songs, TV etc eats up hard disk space