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what is storage "other" and how big should it be?

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ckbh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 28, 2011 5:01 PM

Please see the image below... this has come about since I upgraded to Lion.  It appears my drive is nearly full, and my Aperture 3 is running so slow it has become virtually non-functional.  What do the yellow bars consist of, and why has this changed just recently?  When I search help forums they all say the "other" should never be more than one-third of the rest of the information on your hard drive.  I have run disk repair, and it comes back saying my drive is fine.  Is this a "lion thing"?

 

 

 

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,005 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 5:12 PM (in response to ckbh)

    "Other" refers to everything that isn't classified as Audio, Movies, Photos, Apps, or Backups. A boot drive should maintain 10 GBs or 10% of the drive's capacity as free space, whichever is greater. At 20 GBs of 750 GBs free you are stretching the limits. You should have around 70 GBs free, if possible. However, 20 GBs doesn't represent a potential problem. It will if it drops under 3-5 GBs.

     

    You external drive is empty, so you might think about what files you have that could be moved to the external drive. I'd suggest maybe moving all your photos since they represent 250 GBs of space you could regain by moving them to the external drive or a partition on that drive. Alternatively, consider using the 2 TB external drive for your TM backups and the 1 TB external drive for storage.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,005 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 9:24 PM (in response to ckbh)

    Clear some space off your hard drive, add more RAM, reinstall OS X. Preferably, in that order.

  • SteveKir Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 10:54 PM (in response to ckbh)

    How did you get this window to appear? My "About this Mac" does not offer it.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,005 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 11:00 PM (in response to SteveKir)

    It's in Lion. If you are using Lion select About This Mac, then click on the More Info button. In the window that appears click on the Storage link in the toolbar area.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,005 points)
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    Aug 29, 2011 2:26 PM (in response to ckbh)

    No. The backup theory is wrong. If you have a notebook Mac with TM and Snapshots enabled, then TM makes a local snapshot of your drive if no backup drive is connected. However, Snapshots do not funtion on desktop Macs. Snapshots are documented as part of Time Machine but only on notebooks.

  • Yijian Cao Calculating status...
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    Sep 1, 2011 8:59 AM (in response to ckbh)

    I am having the same issues. So please post your comments after yours get fixed.

  • Cheung James Calculating status...
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    Oct 6, 2011 6:18 AM (in response to ckbh)

    I am having the same issue with my mbp after upgrading to lion and the newest iPhoto. There is also problem with syncing iPhoto which many users are complaining.  Any solution yet?

  • S.light Calculating status...
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    Feb 11, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to ckbh)

    Did you ever get the answer?..Did you get the "other" cleaned up? I ask this because I just posted the same question. Was there something wrong with the HD? I have an Imac for 6 months now and my Hd "other" is at 907.31 GB full....THATS CRAZY! Please help!

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