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Hello there,

I have a Macbook Air and when I check the data storage, it shows that I have 80GB of movies, but I only have 30GB. I checked.

Can U help me?

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If you are looking at your movie folder in Finder and adding up the contents found there as your 30GB of movies and then going to the storage information under "About the Mac" to see it indicating 80GB of movies this could be the issue.

Your mac will count every thing that has any file extension that qualifies as a "movie" and count it under movies whether it is in the movie folder or not. For example, mines says I have 4.5 GB of movies but in my movie folder I have two small files that together don't add up to half a gig.

Check your documents folder and your downloads folder for anything that resembles a "movie".

Lisa

Edit: Nick types fast again! And he though of even more than what I did!
 

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Edit: Nick types fast again! And he though of even more than what I did!

Nothing wrong with multiple answers!:) Sometimes one particular answer will "resonate" better with someone. Or the combination of answers complement each other.:)

And I save time typing sometimes (slow typer)…by using links.:)

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I checked "Downloads" (13,81GB - where I keep all my movies), "Movies" (6KB) and "Documents" - (13,13GB - I have some movies there too)

What do you think?
 
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Isn't there also something about iMovie I recall reading recently at some Mac hints site, storing iMovie projects somewhere that need to be Trashed when a project is finished.

If not, they can just waste drive space and are probably added to the movie totals.

Sorry, I can't find the source about the iMovie project files, but a google search should find it.
 

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What do you think?

What is the main issue with this computer? Maybe we can tackle things from a different direction.

Is your computers storage getting full…and this is why it's a concern?

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Do you edit videos in iMovie or any other video editing program? If you do the program will generate cache files that OS X will classify as movies. I use premiere pro and periodically I clear the cache. One time that cleared over 400 GB of hard drive space on a 1 TB drive.

Just thinking out loud here.

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Try downloading & installing "Disk Inventory X". It may give you more info as to what's going on::)

Disk Inventory X

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