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What is "Other?" in my storage?

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vajang Calculating status...
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Nov 21, 2012 3:19 PM

I've been looking at similar questions to mine, which is "What is the 'Other' yellow bar in my storage?" There were a lot of good answers, but none of them seemed to benefit me. I'm not very knowledgeable about memory and stuff...


Here's a screenshot of my storage.

Screen Shot 2012-11-21 at 2.49.44 PM.png

It's currently taking up 466.98 GB of memory, and I really need more space. Is there any ways or methods that can help me figure out what "Other" is and how I can get rid of it? Anything is appreciated, thank you.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 3:51 PM (in response to vajang)

    Other is all of everything on your computer.


    One thing you could do is:


    1.  Open System Preferences

    2.  Open Spotlight

    3.  Press on the Privacy tab

    4.  Drag you Macintosh HD into the Privacy plane

    5.  Restart your computer


    Then repeat the process, except this time (in the Privacy tab) click on your Macintosh HD and click the minus

    ( - ) to remove the Macintosh HD from the Privacy tab.  Close System Preferences and open Spotlight (magnifying glass) and wait for the HDD to be re-indexed.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,565 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:08 PM (in response to vajang)

    First, empty the Trash if you haven't already done so. Then reboot. That will temporarily free up some space.


    According to Apple documentation, you need at least 9 GB free on the startup volume for normal operation. You also need enough space left over to allow for growth of your data.


    Use a tool such as OmniDiskSweeper (ODS) to explore your volume and find out what's taking up the space. You can delete files with it, but don't do that unless you're sure that you know what you're deleting and that all data is safely backed up. That means you have multiple backups, not just one.


    Proceed further only if the problem hasn't been solved.


    ODS can't see the whole filesystem when you run it just by double-clicking; it only sees files that you have permission to read. To see everything, you have to run it as root.


    Back up all data now.


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.


    After installing ODS in the Applications folder, drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:

    sudo /Applications/

    You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up.


    I don't recommend that you make a habit of this. Don't delete anything while running ODS as root. When you're done with it, quit it and also quit Terminal.


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