Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2012 4:50 AM (in response to YanivWolf)
See this article - http://pondini.org/OSX/LionStorage.html.
If you've never turned on Time Machine then you shouldn't have the "Backups" on your machine - these are local snapshots used by Time Machine. You can disable local snapshots through a Terminal command, but they shouldn't really be there if you're not using TM.
Check out the Pondoni article - it offers some insight into what the Storage tab actually means.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2012 4:57 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
I checked the time machine, and it was on, so I turned it off.
The Backups are now 2.4mb, but the Other jumped up to 347GB! and I still have the same amount of free memory as before.
How can I find the missing 255GB?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2012 5:05 AM (in response to YanivWolf)
Turn off Time Machine and make sure that local snapshots are disabled. In Terminal, copy and paste:
sudo tmutil disablelocal
This will disable local backups.
If you had Time Machine turned on, and then turned it off, the local snapshots - "Backups" - space should now be free. As to 'Other', you may want to try starting up in Recovery mode and repairing both permissions and your hard drive to see if you can regain the space shown in Storage.
It's still a great idea to have a backup strategy of some sort. If you're really not using Time Machine, or any sort of backup method, you should consider buying an external drive for backup purposes. I have two externals devoted to Time Machine backups and one external that I use to clone my internal drive. Redundant backups are a necessity.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2012 5:32 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
Strange I restarted my computer and now Backups are 0kb and Other 246GB.
I just noticed a bunch of invisible files named ".DS_STORE", these are small backup files. Can removing them reduce memory? if so how?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2012 5:35 AM (in response to YanivWolf)
.DS_Store files are in every directory on your computer - they store information on the contents of the directory and they should be rather small files. DON'T delete them. You're not going to free up any storage space and they will just be recreated.