Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to lordeagle)
If you select the hard drive's Desktop icon; Press COMMAND-I to open the Get Info window; look in the upper panel for Available, Used, and Capacity information. What is displayed?
If you plan to post images you must use the Camera icon in this message composition window's toolbar to upload the image from your computer. You cannot drag images into the message window anymore. So, your image is not visible.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 4:47 PM (in response to Kappy)
- Capacity: 499.42GB
- Available: 90GB
- Used: 409GB
RE the image, I did use the camera icon to upload
What about this Dropbox public link: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3805735/Screen%20Shot%202013-06-09%20at%207. 05.05%20PM.png
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to lordeagle)
Go to the Apple menu and choose "About This Mac." Then click the More Info button, and in this click the Storage link along the top. This will show you the relative use of your hard drive storage. In this view, check the space used for "Backups," and see if it makes up the difference you see. These backups are dynamically removed, and while some tools may include them in the space used, overall the system does not, so the Finder and other Apple software may show more space available than third-party utilities.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 4:55 PM (in response to lordeagle)
I would trust Disk Utility's report. I don't know what you were totaling up from the other utility, and I could only see the two left-most colums. The third one was chopped off on the enlarged image.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 4:56 PM (in response to lordeagle)
Where did you get Whatsize? If directly from the maker, there's an "As Admin" option that lets you look at things you don't normally have permission to see, such as some of the system folders with red badges. Most of those aren't really empty, but OSX won't show you how large they are. The AppStore version doesn't have that option (Apple won't allow it).
See Where did my Disk Space go? for some common culprits and more info on WhatSIze.
If none of those help, post back and we'll see what else we can find.
(The problem with the image you posted is this forum; sometimes it just chokes on them for no apparent reason. Sometimes some users can see them, but other can't.)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2013 7:49 PM (in response to lordeagle)
OK solved it. I rebooted the Mac, then hold ⌘R to launch to Repair/Install thingy... then I opened Disk Utility and repaired by main (and only) partition. Log messages indicated it found some inconsistencies and went on to fix them.
My machine is now finally correctly reporting about 200GB or free space.
Thanks all for your suggestions!