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    Hard disk usage
    I have a two month old 27" Mac running OS X 10.9. It has a 1.12 TB hard disk and I find I have only 115KB available. I have checked the useage of all the files in finder and they only ad up to approximate 300 GB. Is there another way to view the way the hard disc is used? I had a problem with multiple photos and trashed a couple of thousand, but I have emptied the trash can. Any suggestions would be appretiated.

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    Download the free Disk Inventory X from here. That will give you a graphic overview of what's currently taking up space on the hard drive. Also, Finder does not give an accurate count of space. You'll get a better count of hard drive space by using Disk Utility which you can find in your Applications, Utilities folder. Select Macintosh HD and see what it tells you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdstevo View Post
    I have a two month old 27" Mac running OS X 10.9. It has a 1.12 TB hard disk and I find I have only 115KB available. I have checked the useage of all the files in finder and they only ad up to approximate 300 GB. Is there another way to view the way the hard disc is used? I had a problem with multiple photos and trashed a couple of thousand, but I have emptied the trash can. Any suggestions would be appretiated.
    WOW! Just for starters, please post an image of your Disk Utility w/ the main HD highlighted (see mine attached from a MBPro) - just wondering if you've partitioned your drive in a peculiar way?

    Also, WhatSizeMac will give you a much better idea about what is on your HD, if you can install the program? Quite curious and wondering what our hardware experts will say - good luck! Dave
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    Thanks a lot for the suggestions will try them out today and let you know the results

    Jdstevo

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    I had a similar problem some time ago.

    It turned out that Mail was continually retrieving an email with some attachments that failed to send. I used a program called omnidisksweeper to find this and delete the offending file.

    Download OmniDiskSweeper (Mac)
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    Hi again

    I downloaded disc inventory and ran it. the results were vastly different to that on disc utilities.
    Disc inventory 113 GB used 922GB free
    Disc Utilities 1.12 TB used 115KB free

    I tend to believe Disc inventory and have identified some movies that are taking up 60GB of space. however I am concerned as to why I am getting a false reading from disc utilities.
    I have taken a screen shot of both but am not sure how to insert the images into this post.

    Thanks for the help, any further insight would be great

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    Click the "Edit" button on your post above.
    Click the "Go Advanced" button.
    Then scroll down to and select 'Manage Attachments"
    That will open a separate window (or tab) where you can attach your screenshots.
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    ^^^ Could be

    But, 1st off, you are looking at 2 different things in those 2 pics.

    In Disk Utility you are looking at the hard drive (whenever you have the top item selected) - not a partition on that drive.
    In the 2nd pic you are looking at the Macintosh HD partition - not the hard drive.

    Looking at the hard drive - it will be full if you have the entire drive partitioned.
    You need to highlight the 2nd Macintosh HD in that pic in Disk Utility to see the partition info.
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    Hard disco usage
    You are correct. When I look at the second HD the data corresponds. Thanks very much , problem solved

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