greasespot
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Mac Book Help

Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:25 am

OK I Moved to a Mac book. Now other than about 3000 songs and 5 movies , and 6 tv series It shows that I have 135GB of 145GB used. This seems like a lot.

There are no other documents other than my resume and such totaling about 1gb

I checked my external back up disk and with about 15x that it shows that I am using 84 GB

Can someone please help.....

Thanks

gs
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Klaus
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RE: Mac Book Help

Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:07 am

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.

[Edited 2010-03-02 17:09:45]
 
greasespot
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RE: Mac Book Help

Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:28 am

Most movies are Itunes and they are about 1.4 to 2 gb.

GS
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kit777
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RE: Mac Book Help

Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:22 pm

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  

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RE: Mac Book Help

Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:43 pm

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