Thanks for the reply Hackint0sh, but even if you're correct and there are hidden temp files, it's not like I am adding up only the things I can see. The system's disk space used or free should not vary regardless of what is visable and what is not. A temp file is still a file. If for some reason I was looking one day, and then again the next and the numbers were different, ok you'd have a point, the temp file might have been purged once time machine completed a backup, but I am talking about right now at the same exact time. Here is the reading on both right now: Get Info on MacHD = 148.71gb Free, and Disk Utility on the same MacHD = 107.86gb Free. I think that's messed up.
I think that's messed up.
The first thing you need to do if you believe something is 'messed up' is to verify your disk. Incorrect reporting of free disk space is often a symptomp of directory corruption. So, before discussing this any further, Verify Disk and then we'll talk some more.
Fane_j: Thank you for your verify suggestion. I've torn through MBP's so quickly these past few years that I have never had to run one. Suffice it to say, I did, and there were a number of problems, so I did a reboot command R, and ran repair HD. It apparently fixed everything. Sadly the space issue still exists.
Disk U on MacHD:
Capacity: 319.21 gb
Available: 117.41 gb
Used: 201.8 gb
Get Info on MacHD:
Capacity: 319.21 gb
Available: 158.79 gb
Used: 160.43 gb
I am really trying to get to the bottom of that discrepancy. Any more thoughts?
Thanks macjack, I am familiar with the program. It is similar to one I use called DaisyDisk that I bought from the macapp store. They are great for identifing larger files that can be deleted, but not for helping me get to the bottom of this free space discrepancy. From what I have seen programs like this model Disk Utility in their readings (identically actually), but both fail to explain where 50GB seems to have disappeared to.
I did a reboot command R
Command R?? Are you running Lion?
Your profile shows OS X 10.4.7 Tiger, and you have posted in the Snow Leopard forum. If you are indeed running Lion, then see
Note: You may notice a difference in available space statistics between Disk Utility, Finder, and Get Info inspectors. This is expected and can be safely ignored. The Finder displays the available space on the disk without accounting for the local snapshots, because local snapshots will surrender their disk space if needed.
fane_j, again thanks for the heads up on the dated profile ... it's fixed now.
1) I am running Lion, and not sure how or why I posted in the snow leopard category.
2) It says:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/disk0s2 319G 202G 117G 64% /
devfs 210k 210k 0B 100% /dev
map -hosts 0B 0B 0B 100% /net
map auto_home 0B 0B 0B 100% /home
localhost:/41KishPaycOkx6AG3BUu4C 319G 319G 0B 100% /Volumes/MobileBackups
/dev/disk2s6 750G 727G 23G 97% /Volumes/Time
The version of DaisyDisk available on the Mac App Store is subject to limitations (as are all App Store apps) that forbid it from running as an administrator. That means it cannot access any of the hard drive not under your user ID's control and that some of the information returned to it by low level processes may be "filtered" (for lack of a better term).
I haven't looked at their page on the App Store recently, but I believe they were fairly explicit about pointing out these limitations. They sell a non-App Store version that can run in administrator mode and see everything on a drive. That's the version I use.
Since most free space issues involve OS processes (like the aforementioned Time Machine local snapshots) its not surprising you can't resolve them using an App Store application.