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Anndee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 13, 2013 7:28 PM

I erased a 296g file from my hard drive and only gained 110g.  What can I do to reclaim that space?  Thank you!

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,245 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 7:33 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Try restarting your Mac......

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,245 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Ok...  what size is the hard drive?

     

    Control click the MacintoshHD icon on your Desktop then click Get Info.

     

    What is the capacity?

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,695 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 8:22 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Thats extremely common for the updated available GB to post a few mins, or even 20 + mins later.

     

    Ive seen it 100 times.

     

    Especially if you deleted, say 10gigs of 1000s of files, instead of 10gigs of just a few huge files.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,695 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 8:31 PM (in response to Anndee)

    yes, a couple of hours is NOT normal.

     

    goto disk utility and check your HD for faults / errors

     

    verify disk   / repair disk

     

    report back

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,510 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 8:36 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Open terminal...lets get to the bottom of this:

     

    df -a

     

    Post the output.

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,510 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 8:59 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Let it run. Let in finish. Do it after

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (13,695 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 9:34 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Yeah, not good

     

    goto disk utility....   verify disk   / repair disk

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,995 points)
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    Aug 13, 2013 10:36 PM (in response to Anndee)

    Those warnings are commonplace and not necessarily significant.

    If the computer is started up from the Mac OS X hard disk (or disk partition) and Disk Utility finds errors on it, there is not necessarily anything wrong. Only when started up from the CD should Disk Utility reports of errors on the Mac OS X hard disk (or disk partition) be considered accurate.

    Disk Utility incorrectly reports disk errors on startup volume

    If you're reading free space from the Storage display, then this is likely the reason for your confusion:

    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

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