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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Apr 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    iPhone4, MBP
    139 GB of "other" on my hard drive
    My 250GB MBP hard drive only has 50GB left free. I was deleting some old files trying to free up some hard drive space. I noticed that the largest part of what was on my hard drive was marked as "other." What is under this category and can it be deleted?

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    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    No, it can't be deleted. Unless maybe you "want" to delete the operating system.

    Everything that is not in one of the listed categories is in the "other" category.

    All your system files, documents, spread sheets, preferences, mail, contacts and anything else you can think of that is not music, movies, photos and apps. See here for a longer list.

    Not to say there wouldn't be some things in that "other" category that can be deleted, but you better know what it is you're deleting.
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    Member Since
    Apr 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    iPhone4, MBP
    So the operating system is taking up half of the hard drive?

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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    No but other could mean anything, if you really want to see what is sucking up space try using Disk Inventory X

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    Member Since
    Apr 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    iPhone4, MBP
    Thanks! I'll give it a try.

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    ed724's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 08, 2005
    Type in the following: (change orange text to your user account name)

    cd /Users/"your account name here" return

    nohup du -sh * > /Users/"your account name here"/Desktop/space.txt &

    Wait about 2 or 3 minutes then open the file space.txt which should be on your desktop. You'll see a list of the sub directories and the amount of space they are using.


    4.0K #.profile#
    1.3G ATVimage
    16K Application Support
    8.0K Applications
    7.7G Desktop
    100G Documents
    52K Emergency Records.edf
    8.0K Faxes
    4.0K IEC 61966-2.1 Default RGB .icc
    19G Library
    17G Movies
    38G Music
    4.0K NavisphereLocale.xml
    4.0K NavisphereNAPersistence.xml
    18G Pictures
    0B Profiles
    2.8M Public
    632K Sites
    24K Total Solar Eclipse 8:21:17
    28M Utilities
    20K emc
    64K shsh
    36K umbrella0.log

    typically you can remove items from the directories in bold above. If you know how to use terminal with root access, you can see the rest of the disk. If not then it's too dangerous to venture there without knowing what you're doing.

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