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    Question Hard drive question?
    Hey all, just got a new macbook today, having an issue here. I look at the hardrive (500 GB) and its saying almost 200 of it is used up, but when I go looking for the files I cant find them anywhere, its mostly music and videos...........the mac was used before so I'm sure that where it came from, but i can't find these files to delete them. I have tried all the basic stuff like going through regular hardrive avenue, but I see nothing. Any advice is much appreciated!

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    Weird problem with HD
    Hey all, just got a new macbook today, having an issue here. I look at the hardrive (500 GB) and its saying almost 200 of it is used up, but when I go looking for the files I cant find them anywhere, its mostly music and videos...........the mac was used before so I'm sure that where it came from, but i can't find these files to delete them. I have tried all the basic stuff like going through regular hardrive avenue, but I see nothing. Any advice is much appreciated!

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    The answer is "the mac was used."

    Get your own files off the machine. Insert the system DVD and reboot from it. Wipe the hard drive (I suggest a single pass of writing zeros unless you enjoy leaving it work for two days to a week), install a fresh copy of the system, migrate your stuff back, do the updates.

    NOW the machine is really yours, and you'll know that everything is supposed to be there.

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    Has the mac got another User account where all that data is
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    Hard drive question? Yes, and the answer too!

    You can use Disk Utility to wipe the hard drive, if you boot off of the OS installation disc.

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    I though I had already posted this, but here goes

    Is there another User account on that mac
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    Nope, it shows me and the guest as the only two accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    I though I had already posted this, but here goes...
    You did (double thread post by OP)...threads merged.

    @bwatz...no need to double post.

    Thanks,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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