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    Finding out where my harddrive space went

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    Finding out where my harddrive space went
    Is there a way in Mac OS X to find out how my harddive space is distributed? I have a 500 gig harddrive and I know that a lot of that was system files and then Final Cut was about 50 gigs but I"m down to 350 already and don't have anything downloaded. Where did all of my harddrive space go???? thanks

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    I've used TreeSize in the past to see where all my space has been taken up.

    http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/Fr...TreeSize.shtml

    Shows the sizes of all the folders in a tree view. It's "free" (donationware).
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    It doesn't sound like you're missing a lot of space. After formatting, you lose 10% or more HD space, so you probably started at 450GB.
    OS X is 11GB and Final Cut is 50GB so that would bring you down to 390GB easily.

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    Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.app

    $ cd /
    $ du -sh *

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerj View Post
    Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.app

    $ cd /
    $ du -sh *
    You may have to use

    sudo du -sh *

    to see what is in some of the directories that you don't own as a regular user.

    If the output scrolls, try

    sudo du -sh * | less

    You can then use the arrow keys/spacebar to scroll up and down through the output

    Cheers

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    you should also probably start with a df -h

    a 500gb drive does not really have 500gb of usable space on it, since it's sold in base 10, not 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    you should also probably start with a df -h

    a 500gb drive does not really have 500gb of usable space on it, since it's sold in base 10, not 2.
    Good point...nice to know what you are starting out with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroovyLinuxGuy View Post
    You may have to use

    sudo du -sh *

    to see what is in some of the directories that you don't own as a regular user.

    If the output scrolls, try

    sudo du -sh * | less

    You can then use the arrow keys/spacebar to scroll up and down through the output

    Cheers
    Nah, Terminal scrolls up just fine. You're right though, about the sudo. I forgot that part. Dang new UNIXes and their different implementation of root.

    B-b-b-b-but I'm the administrator, I should have permissions to that folder! Permission denied my ascot.

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    yeah i realize that a 500 gb doesn't mean that, but I'm down to 365 and the only big thing I installed was final cut pro. I just want to know where the other 30 gb or so went.

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    No, I understand that.. but even though I deal with storage daily I can't remember offhand just exactly how many base 2 gigs a base 10 500gig drive has

    du is my preferred method. Or if you're looking for SINGLE large files then something like

    sudo find / -xdev -size +1024 -exec ls -alh {} \; | sort -r -k 5
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    Try Whatsize or Disk inventory X

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    JDiskReport - really neat and powerful (and free!) Java utility.

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