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    Maintenance on iMac
    Trying to free up some disk space. When I look at my Storage it is showing Movies @ 469 GB. However, when I check the storage location of my Movies it shows 29GB, and there are only a few, and I can't find any other movies on my drive. Any ideas please?

    Also, which is the best Maintenance Utility software to use?

    I have tried the link to OnyX which is recommended elsewhere on this site and this takes me to a Videoplayer?

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    Good afternoon, Mark

    Firstly, to download OnyX, you need to go to the developers' site: https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/onyx.html

    Make sure you download the version specific to your Operating System. OnyX is the only one we recommend here.

    As regards your storage problem, where are you looking? There are several ways - via About This Mac and via Disk Utility (DU) are the most often used. The latter is more reliable.

    May I also ask you to use DU and advise us how much free/unused space you have as well as the total storage space available.

    What Operating System is your iMac running?

    Finally, are you using Time Machine and/or a cloning Backup (BU) such as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! ?

    Sorry for all these questions, but the answers could make a difference as to how we go about sorting out things.

    Ian
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    You don't say what link you are using for Onyx but here is only one that you should be using this one: https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/onyx.html
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    Thank you both.
    Ian, thanks for your questions, I am looking at About This Mac for the storage info and trying to find the Movies in Finder.
    Checked in DU and this is showing the same info. Capacity 999.35GB, 898 GB used and Available 101.03 GB.
    Running OS El Capitan V 10.11.3
    Using Time Machine for Backup.

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    Sometimes video files are stored in multiple locations, and if they are used with iMovie, or other video editing apps, they may be added to the app specific database. I know iMovie does that iMovie has an iMovie Library database, and also an iMovie Theater database. How big are those database files located in your Movies folder?

    Edit: Also, when files get added to iTunes, the file gets copied into iTunes as well. So you can look in Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Movies.
    Last edited by ferrarr; 05-08-2018 at 08:40 AM. Reason: Additional info
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    I don't use iMovie or video editing apps.

    Files in my Movie folder are downloaded movies and are only max 2GB files.

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    What app are you using to watch the movies?

    Do you have more than one user account on the iMac?

    Do you use iTunes, to sync the movies to your devices?
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    I don't use an app, I transfer the files on to my TV to view.
    I have two user accounts but I have never saved anything on the second.
    Don't use iTunes.

    Its a bit of a mystery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkWebb View Post
    I don't use an app, I transfer the files on to my TV to view.
    How does this work?

    I plug my computer into my TV HDMI port to watch movies on the TV. I have an external drive my movies are stored on.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    try doing a search on finder by file type. you can just put in .mp4 for example and see what comes up and where they are located.

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