Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 9:49 AM (in response to leroydouglas)
ABOUT THIS MAC gives a different value, but is also wrong. I have a third part Java app called JDiskReport which when run, accurately shows my disk space. So my disk space is there, it's just not accurately being shown by the finder status bar.
And this started happening yesterday, after I updated Mountain Lion
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to CanadianAuthor)
Are you using Time Machine to back up your Mac to an external disk?
On OS X Lion or Mountain Lion, when you have turned on Time Machine on a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, it creates "local snapshots" automatically > http://pondini.org/TM/30.html
Those local snapshots appears when you go to > About this Mac > More Info > Storage, and they appear on "Backups" category. However, that space is detected as free on Finder, but Disk Utility detects them. That's why you are seeing different free space on the hard disk depending of the app you are looking
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 10:06 AM (in response to mende1)
mende1, yes, I am using Time Machine.
But what is reported there, also does not add up.
I have a 500GB HD
The graph reads as follows:
Macintosh HD 80.4 GB free out of 499.25
Audio: 126.97 GB Movies 28.73GB Photos 21.31 GB Apps 70.27 GB Backups 398.41 GB Other Zero KB
If I add up everything except Backups, I have 251.97 GB FREE out of 499.25 GB - which is incorrect (I have verifed with JDiskReport that I have approx 150GB, as I did yesterday)
This all makes no sense.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 6:23 AM (in response to CanadianAuthor)Re: Hard drive available space shown incorrectly in finder
This is probably like the issue that I was having on my MacBook Pro. If you are using Time Machine on a laptop it stores the diffs in a file on your hard drive. This action can be disabled with the terminal command
sudo tmutil disablelocal
This turns the local Time Machine off. It is up to you if you want to do this, but Finder shows this space as unused since it can be overwritten when needed. It saved me over a hundred GBs of space.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 7:34 AM (in response to CanadianAuthor)
Your answer paints an incomplete picture, but I am glad in solved your immediate problem.
I guess you have to weigh the benefits and loses here. Local snapshots can be a life saver if you need to restore an important recent item and your TimeMachine software is on but not connected. I guess it depends on how pedantic you are about monitoring your free space.MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.4GHz IntelCorei5 320GB HD 8GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to leroydouglas)
Leroy, I ran that command in the terminal, and it fixed the problem....if the picture is somehow incomplete, please feel free to fill in the blanks, nobody seemed to be able to do that.
I would love to know exactly what was wrong. Do you have an answer?
It seems there is some glitch, I suspect introduced by the recent update.