On Mojave macOS, Finder here says that I am using 72 gigs of space.

But when I open my HD it all adds up to about 42 gigs. Which is size of the system folder as shown in About This Mac, however, here the system folder holds 10 gigs.

Here's what it shows when I press manage in about this mac> storage.

So how should I fix this? I don't even have 72 gigs worth of stuff on my mac to begin with. Time machine has also been disabled so there are no time machine backups at the moment.

  • All you say could be true and no issues at all. The filesystem isn’t as simple as it once was with sparse files and snapshots. Do you have a specific issue or just worried you have to dig deeper to determine allocation now? – bmike Feb 8 at 10:40
  • I just want to reclaim the lost storage space. Why is the system folder so big? – FragrantWriter7 Feb 8 at 10:43
  • The system folder isn’t big. Everything else the about this Mac classifies as system is. It’s caches, metadata. Setting up time machine should let the system expire snapshots sooner, to be honest. – bmike Feb 8 at 10:46
  • How big is your disk, how much space is currently free? – nohillside Feb 8 at 10:51
  • 128 gb. total free is 57 gb – FragrantWriter7 Feb 8 at 10:53

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