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Khaddy Level 1 Level 1


I recently got my MacBook Air, and I'm pretty new to all this stuff. So please bear with me


I got the MBA abotu 3 weeks ago and I haven't downloaded much on it. I've downloaded Skype, Messenger, Pages, and a couple games.

I went to go check out how much storage I have left in general and I see that "Other" on my MBA takes up 12.62gb!


I am wondering what this "other" could possibly be! And why is it taking so much of my storage. I know that the software or whatever takes up about 6gb but that's already accounted for because my storage says ____/59.81gb. Can someone please help me with this? and how can i get rid of whatever is taking so much space in this "other" section of storage.

Thank You :]

MacBook Air
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Open Time Machine preferences and see if you have Local Snapshots enabled. If you do then disable it. If local snapshots have been saved this will delete them as well as disable them.


    OS X Lion- About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5



    I'm not seeing any options within Time Machine Preferences regarding the enabling or disabling of "Local Snapshots". Does yours have this feature? Also, I'm not seeing any mention of the option within the document you reference. It seems that it is enabled automatically within Lion, with no option for disabling.



    Edit: Nevermind. I see that if you turn off Time Machine altogether, local snapshots are diabled. But it's a pretty "cludgy" option, if you simply want Time Machine to work sans local snapshots.

  • Mobius Level 1 Level 1

    I think Kappy is refering to the developer preview of Lion, The retail version has the option to turn it off removed. the only way is through terminal command: sudo tmutil disablelocal


    See comments in this thread:


  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    To turn them ON: sudo tmutil enablelocal


    To turn them OFF: sudo tmutil disablelocal



    Note that turning them OFF will also delete all existing snapshots.


    I don't see it on mine because I am not using a notebook.

  • Khaddy Level 1 Level 1

    For me, it says that time machine isn't even on :/ so I don't think that's what's taking up space?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Open Disk Utility and see what is reported for used and available space. That "other" category is just what cannot be filed under the existing categories and is most likely just free space. What matters is what DU reports.

  • RAZ AMG Level 1 Level 1

    Hey guys,


    My MacBook Pro is reporting an outstanding 123GB of "other" storage out of a total 250GB. I checked in Disk Utility and it is reporting the same thing. Any idea what else I could do?


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  • kie4 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi All,

    Mine is exactly the same, with ' Other'  taking up 236.41GB. I am getting "not enough momory" messages.

  • fearlessmonkey :) Level 1 Level 1

    See I have this same problem but it is worse.

    I have a mac book air but other takes as much as 59 GB when i only have 60! UGG!

  • fearlessmonkey :) Level 1 Level 1

    oh and time machine isnt on with mine sooooo......

  • jonfromengland Level 1 Level 1

    did anyone find a solution to this? i have the same problem. a huge and unexplained 'other' caption within storage.

  • Djjecky Level 1 Level 1

    I deleted Wigets i downloaded, emptied my trash and deleted all my browser's cookies and history etc and it helped alot.

  • Khaddy Level 1 Level 1

    Djjecky: I have done that also, it has helped but I still have 21 GB of other. I think I've deleted all that I can. I deleted all apps that I don't use, I deleted old iTunes libraries that are stored, deleted email... I don't know what else to do. This really bothers me, especially because I have the macbook air that has only 60 usable GB and 21GB out of 60 is a lot of storage place.

  • Djjecky Level 1 Level 1

    Dont know what else yet. Im new to mac and not too computer savy just know the basic stuff not too much of whats under the hood and how it operates. I have a Macbook pro. My other was at 74gb when it was just 30something less than a week ago. I started researching here and i found some info and started deleting those stuff. When i have more time i have to do more investigating as to what else i can delete and how. I know there must be some memory used in other because of the user settings, preferences and mail and all the other stuff. Just dont want it too big. If i can get mine down to at least10gb then ill feel good. Here is the link that helped me. It may help you too.

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