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Firstly, I'm a Mac novice but i do have 10 years IT experience with windows and unix so excuse me if i'm being a numpty.

I have (inherited) a power mac 3.5 running 10.4.8.

My startup disk says its a macintosh G4 and has only 276Mb of free space out of a capacity of 57 GB when using get info.

When I look at the amount of combined data on there by looking at the size of the folders (applications, groups, library, shared items, systems and users) it equates to about 4 GB!

If i look at the data on the disk via a bash terminal it shows plenty of other hidden (i guess) directorys and files.

Does anybody know where all my disk space has gone??

Thanks in advance
Nick
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how is the drive formatted? mac os extended journaled is the norm for most mac users.
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I know its a dumb question, but is there a lot in the trash folder?

There are some hidden directories in OS X but they dont account for all that missing space.

Can you give us a rundown of the sizes of each folder at the root (first level)

Try Disk Iventory X also to track where that space is used and get back to us

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Both, Firstly thanks for getting back to me, its proabably something really silly!

How is the drive formatted? - how do I find out? and what is disk inventory X? How do i run that ?

Sorry - Mac novice !

No, no trash in the folder unfortunatley.

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Disk Inventory X is a program you need to download. It'll give you a visual breakdown of what is taking up all the space on your drive.


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hmm, i'm not sure I have the space to install it ! but i'll try.

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you dont want to fill up your drive, that can create other problems.
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Thanks all, especially louishen and kash for the utility advice.

Its sorted.. well mostly. I installed Disk Inventory X and found that the volume directory had loads of backed up files. 49 GB to be precise so I deleted a few un important ones and have freed up 7 GB.

This should be enough to get us by for some time as it is only really used as a file server and this disk (should) only be used for boot.

I'm hoping that this will fix my backup issue with retropect saying "error 34 volume full" (which is a lie) and "backup set limit is 2 GB" (which is also a lie as i have been backing up 35GB for months)

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