I'm running Snow Leopard on a Late 2009 unibody MacBook.

At the moment I was trying to do some late spring cleaning, and clearing up some HDD space. Now here's the weird part:

My User's folder shows that it occupies 179 GB of space. However when I go into the folder and add up the usage of all sub-folders and files within it, it comes to somewhere about 75GB.

I'm just very curious as to where the other 104 GB resides.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    Could it be files in ~/.Trash/ or ~/Library/? How did you get the size of the home folder and the combined sizes? Do they match du -sh ~?
    – Lri
    Sep 2 '12 at 7:08
  • In addition to the good comment above to check actual disk usage, I would want to run disk utility and verify the catalog and other file system structures to be sure that isn't causing the discrepancy.
    – bmike
    Sep 2 '12 at 9:53
  • Could this be related to TimeMachine--local backups not transferred yet?
    – ephsmith
    Sep 2 '12 at 18:54
  • "ephsmith There is no local backups on 10.6. It was only introduced in 10.7
    – iskra
    Sep 2 '12 at 19:04
  • And ~/Library is visible in 10.6 as well. But there are still invisible folders to take into account.
    – GEdgar
    Sep 2 '12 at 22:45

Might I suggest using one of the myriad apps available at your disposal to hunt down and find the rogue files that plague you? An excellent option that I found (and free to display the content, though not to delete from within the app) would be the DaisyDisk app. It'll show you exactly what's using up your space in a relatively intuitive/futuristic display.

From there, it's a little matter of simply deleting the files in question.


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