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deleting files, but free disc space doesn't budge

2261 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: 04.02.2014 17:19 by Mac OS 9000 RSS
Laralyn10 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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18.04.2013 15:55

so, I was just cleaning up my harddrive. I just deleted another 2GB and yet.. free disk space did not increase. Not even a tiny bit. What am I missing here? The files were an old project that I moved to an external drive. Yet free disk space is stubbornly remaining at precicely 59.47GB.. Why is this happening to me?... There IS a God, and he hates me?

This is totally baffling..

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (50.105 points)

    Have you emptied the trash?

    Restarted the computer?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107.995 points)

    “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."


    About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4.065 points)

    Laralyn10 wrote:


    Hmm okay that would explain why the iStat widget shows a different number. I miss the status bar at the bottom of finder windows that reacted when you emptied the trash.. it was just so satisfying.



    Turn it on again under View > Show Status Bar in the top Finder menu (Make sure you have a Finder Window open)





  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107.995 points)

    The drive is not cluttered up by local snapshots. They do no harm at all. Whenever the space is needed for other files, they're removed automatically.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4.065 points)

    Laralyn10 wrote:


    Cheers Pete, I can't believe I missed that!

    Easy to do, finding some older settings amongst all the changes.


    Good Luck



  • Jon Ogden Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Not so fast.  I just tried to delete a 70 Gig file from a drive and then copy in a 60 Gig file.  I'm told the drive does not have enough space.   Yet, it shows over 100 Gig available in the finder.

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4.065 points)

    Probably best to start a new topic. This one is getting towards a year old.



  • Mac OS 9000 Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)

    Have you made any symbolic links? I'm not sure how they work, but maybe the system refuses to mark the data as "free" because of some reference to it. I thought of that when I read this:


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