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  • LauEl Level 1 (0 points)

    I managed to solve my problem.


    If you have the same problem, that is the disk space issue is connected to Disk Drill, this one worked for me:


    - if you have thrown the application in the trash bin and deleted it permanently, reinstall it

    - then go to Disk Drill -> Preferences -> General  and click the radio button "Remove Disk Drill"

    - and voilà, I got my disk space back


    The second step is explained also on their website:


    Have a nice Monday everyone - mine just got a lot better.

  • William Ponsot Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you LauEl..... reinstalling Disk Drill, then going through their preferences menu I deleted the program, got a requestestor to remove protected files and voila! got my disk space back.. thanks!

  • mjpurdy2 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having similar issues with my 13 inch macbook late 2009 running OS X 10.8.5. I would delete 30gb worth of music or pictures but I would not regain my disk space. I am not running time machine or DiskDrill. I was also having issues with the files being deleted automaticly instead of going to the trash folder. Turns out that they were related. I found this forum thread on the topic of files being auto deleted instead of going to the trash folder and it solved my issue with my disk space as well.


    hope this helps

  • Domenico87 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can anyone explain this difference in free space. Get Info from MacOSX desktop icon shows 80GB free space, but going to About this Mac and looking at Storage only shows 64GB. Also, it was showing 65.5GB of free space but after deleting many files, free space has actually gone down to 64. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.64 vs 80GB.jpg

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)



    The "Get Info" on the drive doesn't 'count' the space used for local snapshots for Time Machine. If you subtract the "Backups" from the Get Info reporting, you'll probably see that you actually do have 80GB 'free' on the drive.


    To read more about local snapshots, see ->



  • sidssood Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks mjpurdy2. The link as well as the solutions did come in very handy. The temporary Trashes seemingly were a big headache, given that the deletion of the folder gave me back around 65 GiGs of storage on my iHD.


    For all, who are facing this very problem & are not using Time Machine or any other back up app on their macs & yeah - like me, are novices with the Terminal commands, ought to refer to http:// for a quick 2 minute resolution to this problem. This will, for sure, do the trick.



  • IPatronius Level 1 (0 points)

    Why isn't this a setting in the Time Machine settings? It seems ridiculous that a user has to go to this forum, find a terminal command and enter it that way.  What do you do if you want to start doing local back ups again?

  • atownfamily Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having the same issue and found out that when we upgraded to iMovie 10, our computer created a separate iMovie 9 file in Finder with duplicate copies of all of our projects.  I went into Finder, pulled up iMovie 9, and deleted the projects in there (after moving the same copies that were on iMovie 10 onto an external hard drive), and my disc space FINALLY went down.  Hope this makes sense.

  • jjayaraman Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks it helped me.


    Is this the best approach. Would it affect any way as we have removed the local backup option ?




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