Very Odd 2011 iMac Hard Drive Issue

Oct 25, 2011
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Your Mac's Specs
13" MacBook Pro (2.3 GHZ Intel Core i5, 2011), iPad (1st Generation), iPhone 3GS, Various iPods.
I have an iMac that tells me it's hard drive space is totally full even though I've used barely any space (it fluctuates frequently between 450MB to 160MB free?). It's a late 2011 base model w/ a 500GB HD, purchased about a month ago. I have no idea what is causing this, as I have heard Lion does automatic backup w/ Time Machine and puts the large files on the mac, but I have Time Machine disabled on this Mac. I checked and saw it was my user account that took up the space, but the folders inside it (home icon user folder) and nothing amounted to it. I also used disk Utility which told me the Macintosh HD was OK. What could be causing this recent capacity issue as I've only really used about 1/6 of the space on the drive and it's relatively new... help would be greatly appreciated and thank you for answer in advance!


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Jan 23, 2008
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Keller, Texas
Your Mac's Specs
2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, Numerous iPods, Monterey
Something is going on. It could be a left over sparse bundles from Time Machine but the amount doesn't sound right.

Let's do this: Download the free Disk Inventory X, run it and see what it tells you about the space which is being used. Post back and let us know.

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