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Hard drive free space?

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charlesbt Calculating status...
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Oct 13, 2012 11:20 PM

Hi

 

If go to my "Macintosh HD" in the finder under devices and click on "get info" it says that I have used 130 gb but if I go to utilities- disk utility-activity monitor-disk usage and click on "Macintosh HD" there is says that I have used 181 gb

 

I don't understand why I get two different readings

 

Any ideas?

 

 

Thanks in advance

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 12:01 AM (in response to charlesbt)

    From Kappy (the head honcho around here) in re disk0s1:

     

    That is the Unix representation of your hard drive's first partition, the EFI partition. There's nothing that you do with that partition, so pretend it isn't there. It's used by the operating system.

     

    Apparently you've enabled DU's ability to show invisible or hidden partitions such as this one and your Recovery HD partition. If so then these should appear ghosted.

     

    And your recovery partition - disk0s3 - is just that - a recovery partition installed with Lion and Mountain Lion.

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 12:15 AM (in response to charlesbt)

    No problem - here's a short little article on the Storage display that you may want to read - http://pondini.org/OSX/LionStorage.html.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 12:30 AM (in response to charlesbt)

    I'm not sure what you mean by "first disk" - where are you getting 50GB from? That's not what I see from what you posted... do you mean that one of the categories on the Storage tab is showing 50GB being used for something? Can you post a screenshot?

     

    I'll be up all night - call back...

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 1:11 AM (in response to charlesbt)

    Was reading that Pondini article that you posted and so I decided to switch off time machine-nothing was connected to it at the time.Then switch it back on again. Now that extra free +- 50 gbs have come back.

     

    Yeah - those are the 'local snapshots' that Time Machine uses. They can speed up a TM backup if you only connect to your external TM backup drive occassionaly, but they can really eat up some disk space. Reight now - long story - I'm at my desk about 85% of the time so I keep my TM externals plugged in. Very little space taken up by snapshots.

     

    I did a lot of hard shut downs last night due to Safari freezing-maybe that had something to do with it?

     

    I don't know - why disk space would have anything to do with Safari freezing. I only use Safari for testing purposes - my primary browser is Firefox. You may want to note the time of your next Safari freeze and then go back into the system logs via Console (Applications>Utilities) and see if you notice anything unusual in the logs.

     

    But, for now, you know how your internal is using space and that's a good thing!

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 1:41 AM (in response to charlesbt)

    I don't have a Retina but I've been on here long enough to have seen a number of people complain about 'creaks and cracks' on the Retina display models. Since your 'closest' Apple Store is so far away, I would try calling AppleCare first (oops - don't see a South African phone number on this page - http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57)... well, is there a way to call the Apple Store surely?

     

    Anyway, the only 'remedy' that I've read of is either getting the case or the unit replaced. Not good news, I know, but it's the only way to 'solve' the problem that I've read of.

     

    Sorry,

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Oct 14, 2012 1:47 AM (in response to charlesbt)

    Back at you - today's going to be a great one!

     

    Clinton

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