12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2014 4:51 AM by Limnos
peternevill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My iTunes shows I use 38GB but on my Mac (About this Mac - Storage) Music is showing as 86GB.

 

Assuming (?) iTunes is right how do I clear 48GB (i.e. 86GB less 38GB) off my laptop?

 

Thank you for any advice.


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,680 points)

    Depending how you added your music, you may have ended up with two copies of most songs - one in the iTunes Media folder and one in the original location.

     

    The best way to clean up would be to first run Consolidate on your library, which will make sure that every track in the library has its file in the iTunes Media folder.  Once you are sure Consolidate has completed successfully, any song file not in the iTunes Media folder is no longer needed.

  • peternevill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you. I seem to have two files:

     

    itunes 49.7 GB and itunes media 48.23GB but I think itunes media is a sub folder of itunes.

     

    You may well be right there is another folder somewhere but when I type itunes into Finder these are my only two sources.

     

    Have you any additionasl views.

     

    MANY thnaks

     

    Andrew

     

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  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,680 points)

     

    Thank you. I seem to have two files:

     

    itunes 49.7 GB and itunes media 48.23GB but I think itunes media is a sub folder of itunes.

     

    Andrew,

     

    Yes, in a normal set-up, iTunes Media is a sub-folder of the iTunes folder.

     

     

     

    You may well be right there is another folder somewhere but when I type itunes into Finder these are my only two sources.

    Do you have any music files located in folders that are not named "iTunes"?

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (43,665 points)

    I see you have an Amazon mp3 folder.  How much is in there?  It is possible when you added files from there to iTunes it (as ed2345 said) put copies in the iTunes folder and the originals are still in the other folder.  The same may go for other folders hidden elsewhere on your computer.

     

    Are you running OSX 10.6 as your profile says?

     

    You have emptied your Trash recently?

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,680 points)

    Yes, I think Limnos has found the issue!  If you buy music using the Amazon downloader, it puts one copy into the Amazon folder, and one into the iTunes folder.

     

    Unless you have some non- iTunes use for your music, the one in the Amazon folder is extraneous.

  • peternevill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't find any others. What are the other likely folders or locations?

     

    Thank you for replying

  • peternevill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.

     

    Amazon now has been deleted. there was little in it.

     

    I am running 10.9.1

     

    Trash has been emptied.

     

    Audio still showing 86GB on my laptop i.e. double what appears in itunes. So odd.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (43,665 points)

    You don't have Time Machine set to back up to the same hard drive?

     

    Get info on a track in iTunes, then look at the summary information.  Write down the exact name of the file being used.  Go to Spotlight and search for that file name and see if it tells you if there are two copies and where each is.  One should be in your media folder and the other is the culprit and may be surrounded by others.

  • peternevill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for hanging in there!

     

    Time Machine backs up to an external HDD not my internal HD

     

    Tried your idea re 'info' a few times but no duplicates were identified.

     

    So my system still shows:

     

    Screenshot 2014-02-14 21.21.16.png

     

    Screenshot 2014-02-14 21.23.53.png

    And as you can see there is a big discrepancy! 37.92GB vs 85.65GB

     

     

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (43,665 points)

    ?


    Hidden local backups with Mac OS X Lion filling up your MacBook hard disk!  - http://blog.valerio.de/post/19238158977/hidden-local-backups-with-mac-os-x-lion- filling-up-your - Time Machine using local drive to store backups when external drive is not available.

     

    Is there another user account on the computer?

  • peternevill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No local back ups showing on the laptop and no other user accounts .

     

    Oh dear! I fear you might be running out of ideas!!

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (43,665 points)

    You might try posting this suggestion on the system version forum for the system you are running (Mavericks?)  I use an old system which does not show content type and does not have Time machine, etc.  so I am having to remember what others have said in connection with this. Somebody there might recognize a particular issue.  Post a link back to this discussion so others can see what was tried.

     

    Omnidisksweeper also explores space use.  If it still works with Mavericks you could see what it says.