MBA 13"

I when I got it home for the first time. I switched it on I checked how much disk space I had left. I was surprised to see 45MB of movies and photos 471MB.

I can't find the movies and the photos in the finder window. Where are they and what are they?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

  • Where did you see you had 471MB of photos ? Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 16:18
  • I went to 'about this mac" and on the storage it gives the details. However, I can't find them in the finder. I think they are just samples that I want to remove as its disk space I want to save. Thanks.
    – ant2009
    Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 17:04

2 Answers 2


I just made the following test :

 sudo find /system -name "*.png" | wc -l

returns 4553 on my mac : There are over 4000 images in my /System/ directory. It's probably your case too.


sudo find /system -name "*.png" -print0 | xargs -0 du | awk '{total+=$1} END{print total}'

I get 248352K, that 250MB. Not your 450MB but we are getting close. You can assume the files you see are system files (yes your system uses images and video !)

I would definitely not suggest to delete theses files since they are used by the system.


(Not able to comment, since I don't have enough rep)

My understanding is that they are tutorial pictures and videos from pre-installed apps such as keynote, iPhoto or Garageband.

You could use a image file reducer such as JPEGmini to reduce the file size of those images, but there's probably no need.

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