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    Why is my disk space so limited? Discrepancies in distribution/amount of files?

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    Why is my disk space so limited? Discrepancies in distribution/amount of files?
    I originally posted this on yahoo answers, but when an error in their site stopped me from doing that effectively, I joined these forums.


    I have a Macbook Pro with an i7 processor, running OS X Lion 10.7.1, 4GB ram, etc, with a 120GB solid state hard drive.

    I have been clearing out files to free up space, but for some reason I still do not have very much! I cannot account for the discrepancy between the amount of files I have on my computer and the amount of space occupied on my hard drive. I have tried a few programs to help me understand this, and as you can see if you look at my linked picture, these programs have helped to highlight a strange discrepancy. If you look at the numbers across the screen, you can see a lot of information about my data distribution, and it does not add up logically.

    Can someone provide insight?

    http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9894/computerissue.png

    Let me reiterate ... this will not make sense if you do not look at that link in which my picture is enclosed.


    Also, for some reason, there is a large folder that is either private or is called 'private' which was created this August (a year after I bought the computer) and is 5.8gb. I assume since it was created in August that it is not a vital system file that my computer has been relying on the whole time -

    So, how do I delete it,
    and what is it?

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    Why is my disk space so limited? Discrepancies in distribution/amount of files?
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    Under the About this Mac, more info section, what's under storage?

    Is a bunch of it in Backup?
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    Why is my disk space so limited? Discrepancies in distribution/amount of files?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarhead View Post
    I originally posted this on yahoo answers, but when an error in their site stopped me from doing that effectively, I joined these forums.
    I wouldn't say this is exactly the best way to introduce yourself!!!

    How are we supposed to react to this statement???...since as you stated...Mac-Forums was your 2nd choice to find help (and only after Yahoo Answers had a site error)???

    Kind of like saying..."I wanted a T-bone steak...but I guess a hamburger will do!"

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    Why is my disk space so limited? Discrepancies in distribution/amount of files?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I wouldn't say this is exactly the best way to introduce yourself!!!

    How are we supposed to react to this statement???...since as you stated...Mac-Forums was your 2nd choice to find help (and only after Yahoo Answers had a site error)???

    Kind of like saying..."I wanted a T-bone steak...but I guess a hamburger will do!"

    - Nick
    I didn't mean to sound like a jerk, I was just explaining that I was a new user of this forums. I don't belong to any other mac forums and this was my first choice among them. Yahoo Answers is good too, and it's what I have more experience with. But it proved unreliable.




    I followed the above instructions:
    http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/8...11018at401.png

    Not a lot of backup, but a lot of "Other" stuff... I don't know what that is but it is certainly disturbing.

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