Forum Question: Why is my new 2 month iMac hard drive full?

Firstly, I love this site. i switched to mac 2 months ago and you’ve made my experience/transition so much easier. Thank you.
I just bought the new (may 2011) imac and its only been like 2 months and my hard drive is full to capacity.
I store all my music, pix & vid’s on my external HD and I’ve only installed like 4 applications.
I’ve tried the disk utility thing and the drive appears to be ok. I’ve deleted anything I don’t need -which is nothing from the start. And every couple of days i see my “space available” dropping lower and lower. Now, all I have left is 500 mb.
Please advise.
Thank you so much in advance for all of your help, i greatly appreciate it.
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Sam Zak

Comments: 9 Responses to “Why is my new 2 month iMac hard drive full?”

    9/18/11 @ 8:30 am

    I’d do some detective work and figure out what is filling it up. Go to your hard drive level, switch to list view, and Then Command+J and turn on calculate all sizes. See which folder is huge. (turn off calculate all sizes). Then dig down into that folder. Do it again. Eventually you may find out what the problem is.

    Michael
    9/18/11 @ 11:18 am

    There are also great apps on the Mac App Store like Space Gremlin that will give you a nice Graphic of your Hard Drive. Also under Apple Menu/About This Mac/More Info. If you look I believe under storage you will see a break down of your Hard drive and it will tell you what’s taking and how much space in categories like video, audio, photos, etc. Write back like to know what you found

    Michael
    9/18/11 @ 11:30 am

    Sorry only Lion has that get more info that shows you graph of HD.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    9/22/11 @ 12:25 pm

    I have just ben to the Mac apps store i found your Space Gremlin,but under Mac more info there is no title named Storage. You must have just wrote out your answer Michael while i was away/ above.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    9/22/11 @ 12:33 pm

    Do you go to the icon hard drive,and click on it to get this level,switch to list view,and then command+J and turn on calculate all sizes. Does it show you how to turn all sizes on. Gary

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    9/22/11 @ 1:11 pm

    I have just been and did exactly what you said, mine is the User folder. It showed up quite a lot of items in the past what i never use,and i am going to delete them.
    Thanks Gary

    Ron
    1/23/13 @ 1:09 pm

    Hello,
    I also tried these suggestios for a situation I’m having. It seems my 250g HD on my G5 Mac Pro is showing under the main HD listing the “main user” is occupying 219G of the 250G. Problem is, after opening up every folder, I cannot see anything under “main user” taking up this much HD space. Any ideas would be appreciated. I am unable to do any work like this.
    Ron

      1/23/13 @ 2:32 pm

      Start with the user’s home folder. Look at the sizes of all of the subfolders. Then dig down from there.

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