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Over 25 gb of space disappeared

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ehmjay Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jul 20, 2013 8:29 AM

Here's my problem: over the past couple days I did a really good clean out of my computer and managed to free up several gigabytes of data and was hovering around 233+ gb of free space.


Then in the last couple of days I noticed my trash file was taking a really long time to empty (I don't know if this is part of the problem but wanted to mention it just in case).


Last night I noticed I was missing quite a lot of space on my drive, it was around 205 gigs now. I discovered I had accidentally set some large torrent files to be on my main drive instead of an external. No matter, I figured! I would just delete them and start them over on the external. But my disk space didn't seem to change. So I rebooted - after all I had recently used Photoshop and that tends to hog a bunch of space and I don't get it back until I reboot.


I rebooted and there was still the same ~205 gb of free space. I was very confused. I was even more confused when I checked "About My Mac" and saw that it was telling me that in actual fact I only had around 90gbs of free space. THE HECK!?


I did notice that my "backups" were surprisingly high - 119gb in fact. This was especially curious since I have a time machine drive (time capsule) thats supposed to be backing up hourly. I did get a message this morning telling me it was full, but isn't it supposed to clear itself out?


Running WhatSize (it's still running by the way) I see that my .MobileBackups folder is a gargantuan 134gb! I thought these were temporary! For when I'm not connected to Time Machine (WHICH I AM!)


What in the **** is going on? How did I magically lose close to 25 gigs? And how the **** do I get it back?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, 8gb Ram
  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,900 points)
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    Jul 20, 2013 9:30 AM (in response to ehmjay)

    Time Machine disk full - see C4 in the first link.


    Time Machine Troubleshooting


    What might be taking up your space.


  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,900 points)
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    Jul 20, 2013 1:24 PM (in response to ehmjay)

    Try reindexing Spotlight. Sometimes it can sort out problems like what you are seeing.


    Spotlight – Re-index

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,890 points)
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    Jul 20, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to ehmjay)

    There's usually no need to disable local snapshots. They're deleted automatically when storage space is low. When you delete files, they're retained temporarily in local snapshots. The space is marked as "available" by the Finder, and that's how you should regard it.


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