5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 19, 2012 1:17 PM by RobertJ
RobertJ Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)

I use SuperDuper every Saturday to clone my #1 HD to my #2 and #3 HD's (I'm a little paranoid) using smart update (incremental).

Last Saturday, 8/11, when I ran SD it evaluated about 490K files. This Saturday when I ran SD it evaluated about 840K files. I used Disk Utilities to look at #1 and it indicated about 840K files. Before I ran SD on #3 it indicated about 490K.

Last week Disk Utility indicated I used about 30G and it now indicates about 35.5G.

I have done nothing in the last week to increase my files by 70% or add 5G+. I've update a few app's but that is it. I have scanned #1 using VirusBarrier X6 and have also used Disk Utility to Verify #1.

I have also used HoudahSpot to look at files created/modified on or after 8/11 on #1 and there are no where near 350K. Note, I don't use Time Machine.


This is driving me crazy; any thoughts?


System Info: Pro Mac running 10.8 since July 26th.

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,810 points)

    Don't worry about that

  • RobertJ Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)

    Not particularly worried but would like to know why.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,810 points)

    Sometimes, the size is wrong and it changes

  • RobertJ Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)

    Two different app's, SuperDuper and Disc Utility, give the same number of files more or less. I can understand changes with caches etc always in play; however, a 70% change in file count I can't understand in one week when I've done virtually nothing but update a few app's.

  • RobertJ Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)

    Issue identified and solved.


    When I installed Mountain Lion I went through and tested various programs to insure nothing got screwed up. I have a pref pane called Macaroni which runs a number of Unix like maintenance tasks on a regular schedule. I had turned it off and forgot to test it. One of the tasks it runs once a month is called Removing localized files; which, as you might think strips all non-English [this is configurable] lproj directories from all System directories, all application bundles and any other lproj directories found in the Applications directory and lproj directories found in the Users directory.

    This morning I remembered it and turned it back on. I then manually ran it and the file count is back in a more "normal" range. It reduced the file count by over 200,000 and knocked off about 2G of disk storage.