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Hard disc shows more than 100G more than my content, why?

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Dec 5, 2012 2:59 AM

My hard disc shows well over a 100 G more than my data and content should give, what is happening and how do I deal with it?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • devinawitt Calculating status...

    First, Try emptying your trash. when you move items to the trash, it doesn't actually delete them, it justs shortcuts them to the trash. It may take a while, but secure empty the trash. Next, if there are still inconsisties, check disk utility and see if there are any partitions or anything else that you or somebody else might have accidentall created.

  • michaelsip4 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    let me make certain i under stand


    your 500g hard drive is showing something like 640 g on the hard drive ?


  • michaelsip4 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)



    sounds like an over the night process......what I have done in the past was conolidate (get all of my desired information in one location / there by identifying duplication or things I wanted to delete)   I would then move

    the duplication (less user account) to the trash and turn off the "secure delete" to speed up the process.


    Once completed, I would turn the secure delete back on and delete the "unused user" account(s) and folder securely. 


    At a given time, each month I check my hard drive for errors and repair permissions,  so whiat I would do before that is go to mac hard drive - utilities -  disk utility - tab erase -  erase free space



    to get rid of the "duplicated information securely" forever   then i would check my drives


    Its a lengthy process as you describe but it takes care of the short term need and u could do it overnight


    just a thought


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