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    "All My Files" in Finder doesn't seem to find all my files?
    On the storage section of "About This Mac", it says that I have 127 GB of movies on my computer. I used the "All My Files" option on the Finder, took all the movies and put them in a folder to remove them to an external hard drive, but the folder was only 10 GB.

    Is there some easy way to find all 127 GB of movie files? My hard drive is obviously starting to get too full, and I bought a second external drive specifically I could store the movies separately, but I can't find an efficient way to do this?

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    Welcome to the Forums

    If you open Spotlight (Cmd + Space Bar, for example) and type - Kind:video - it bring up all your video files and you are given the option to view them in Finder. From here you can, copy, delete, whatever.

    Please let us know if this solves your difficulty.

    Ian

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    When I type in "Kind:video" I get nothing at all, only an option to open spotlight preferences. I also tried Kind:movie which brought up about 50GB of movies, but still (according to "About This Mac") not all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klmck63 View Post
    When I type in "Kind:video" I get nothing at all, only an option to open spotlight preferences. I also tried Kind:movie which brought up about 50GB of movies, but still (according to "About This Mac") not all of them.
    I have exactly the same problem...
    It s a bit weird as i spent quite some time to find those videos but couldn't find any...
    Did you manage to find a solution?

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    MacInWin
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    Welcome to the forum. What Mac, what version OS X are you using? What are you trying to do in finding all the video? There are multiple solutions, depending on what it is you are trying to achieve and what triggered the search.

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    Thanks Jake!
    According "about my Mac" I have like 70GB of videos... Bringing the capacity to almost full. So the main idea is to clean a bit. I would like to find those 70GB to check what it is and either delete or put on a hard drive.
    I tried with the extensions (AVI and MP4, etc...) but didn't find anything relevant.
    Best

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    A "smart folder" set to list any filed that is "either "video" or uses one of the standard extensions" should bring up anything you've brought into the machine. A handful of small videos used by the system (like the ones that demonstrate trackpad use) may not show up because they're reserved for system use and can't be thrown away.

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    If you have a little patience and time I would suggest a free app (donationware) called Disk Inventory X. With a little practice and there is an explanatory video on the site as well as in the software package, you will find that you can locate all of you video files and the paths to them.
    Also remember that your video storage percentage values will not change until you remove the files from your hard drive, empty your trash and reboot.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

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    "About My Mac" is buggy. What do you get when you right click (Option-click) on the drive icon and then Get Info? That's a more accurate indicator of how much space is on the drive. I don't use About This Mac for details on drives and the data distribution on them.

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    Yes I've noticed that myself. I always assumed it was related to Spotlight indexing.

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