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Question: what is taking up the 'other' space on my mac?

What is taking up the 'other' space on my macbook air? And how can I decrease the amount of storage it takes up?

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Nov 16, 2017 9:27 AM in response to hilwalk In response to hilwalk

What is 'Other' and 'Purgeable' in About This Mac? - Apple Support

The Storage tab does not always report correctly. Look in About this Mac > System Report > Storage. Also check by choosing your Mac HD and "Get Info" (command-i). It may be different. Try rebuilding Spotlight index.

How to rebuild the Spotlight index on your Mac - Apple Support


Some of the space may also be from Time Machine Snapshots if you are using a laptop.

About Time Machine local snapshots - Apple Support


After you've freed up some space download Omni DiskSweeper. It can give you a more accurate read of disk space than Finder or Storage Tab of About this Mac. Itcan also show you the precise size and location of all your files..It can also give you a more accurate read of disk space than Finder or Storage Tab of About this Mac. Itcan show you the precise size and location of all your files. It will inventory your disk starting from the files that take up the most space. It can also give you a more accurate read of disk space than Finder or Storage Tab of About this Mac. If you want you can even delete files from OmniDisk Sweeper. But be careful some of the items may be important to your system.

Also, empty the Trash if you haven't already done so. If you use iPhoto, empty its internal Trash first:

iPhoto Empty Trash

In Photos: File Show Recently Deleted Delete All

Nov 16, 2017 9:27 AM

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Nov 16, 2017 9:29 AM in response to hilwalk In response to hilwalk

What is 'Other' and 'Purgeable' in About This Mac? - Apple Support

The Storage tab does not always report correctly. Look in About this Mac > System Report > Storage. Also check by choosing your Mac HD and "Get Info" (command-i). It may be different. Try rebuilding Spotlight index.

How to rebuild the Spotlight index on your Mac - Apple Support


Some of the space may also be from Time Machine Snapshots if you are using a laptop.

About Time Machine local snapshots - Apple Support


After you've freed up some space download Omni DiskSweeper. It can give you a more accurate read of disk space than Finder or Storage Tab of About this Mac. Itcan also show you the precise size and location of all your files..It can also give you a more accurate read of disk space than Finder or Storage Tab of About this Mac. Itcan show you the precise size and location of all your files. It will inventory your disk starting from the files that take up the most space. It can also give you a more accurate read of disk space than Finder or Storage Tab of About this Mac. If you want you can even delete files from OmniDisk Sweeper. But be careful some of the items may be important to your system.

Also, empty the Trash if you haven't already done so. If you use iPhoto, empty its internal Trash first:

iPhoto Empty Trash

In Photos: File Show Recently Deleted Delete All

Nov 16, 2017 9:29 AM

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Question: what is taking up the 'other' space on my mac?