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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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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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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.

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