OS X :: Formatting Free Space On Ntfs Drive To HFS+

May 22, 2010

I have a hard drive that had 2 ntfs partitions. I deleted one of the ntfs partitions in windows so now half the drive is free space but disk utility wont touch it without formatting the other partition. is there a 3rd party osx app i can use to turn this into a usable hfs+ drive?

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MacBook Pro :: Formatting External Hard Drive - Format Using Extended Or Free Space?

Jul 27, 2010

I just got my new Seagate 640gb external hard drive and am in the process of formatting it on my MBP. However, I am not sure which format to do? My main use for the hard drive is for transferring media files back and forth between my MBP and PC using just one partition on the drive. I already know I'm not supposed to pick 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)' because I believe that is to use it as a boot drive. So should I pick 'Mac OS Extended' or maybe 'Free Space'?

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OS X :: Formatting USB Drive Under NTFS Using Disk Utility?

May 18, 2009

I have a USB key and would like to format it under NTFS, under Disk Utility, there isn't that option. I don't really have time to google this, does someone know what to do? Is there a console command to do?

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OS X :: Data Recovery / Formatting Win NTFS Drive

Oct 21, 2009

i have a hard drive that began as a formatted win NTFS drive, which i formatted with hfs a couple of times to do some hackintosh experimenting. apparently i missed one of the document folders that were important to me when i did the backup to a bigger drive of the windows files. i am looking into data recovery software but i don't know much about it. the format has changed, and it has been formatted a couple of times. is it still possbile to use data recovery software and are there any recommendations? if anyone feels i have a better chance getting this answered in a different part of the forum, let me know.

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OS X :: Ntfs Formatting Of External Hard Drive / Restoring Files Via VMware On Xp?

Nov 27, 2009

I have an external hard drive that I use to watch movies on a Nintendo Wii and some of the movie files are over 7GB, which means when I format the drive to FAT32 I cannot copy the larger files. What are my options for getting around this problem? I have VMware fusion but I cannot easily see my external drive in XP. Is it possible to format the drive in XP and then transfer everything via VMware on XP?

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MacBook :: Free Up Space On Hard Drive / Program For Defragmenting Space?

Jan 19, 2009

I only have like 8 gb left on my macbook's hard drive. Are there any programs I can run that will defrag/free up space? How much does Apple Store typically charge to upgrade a hard drive? How easy is it to do myself?

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OS X :: Fluctuating Free Space On Hard Drive

Oct 15, 2010

It seems like I'm always fluctuating between 2 and 9 gb of free space on my hard drive. Every time I need lots of space it seems to disappear, then it reappears in a week. Is this normal? If I'm low is there something I can run to bring this space back?

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OS X :: Hard Drive Free Space Is Wrong?

Jun 9, 2009

I have a 500GB external hard drive that is partitioned into 3 sections - [1] Mac OS extended for dedicated time machine backups (200GB), [2] Mac OS extended for general file storage (100GB) and [3] FAT32 for backing up my husband's windows PC (the rest). I've been doing some video editing and moving clips between the external HD and my macbook. But now I've finished I noticed that something weird has happened. The Mac partition of the external HD currently has only 3 files, around 1.2GB. But Finder is showing 77GB is used and therefore not letting me copy my DV footage (around 40GB) that I want to transfer to a friend's computer.

I've put a screenshot here - and have hidden files/folders displayed. So what is taking up the 76GB that finder says is used?

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OS X :: Formatted USB Drive As Free Space - Not Recognized

Jun 30, 2010

I've been having difficulties using my USB stick on windows computers, even though I formatted it as FAT (ed. I realized I had to use the Windows partition scheme and have resolved this issue). I've tried lots of things and admit that I got fed up and saw a new option today "format as free space" in disk utility.

Now the drive isn't recognized as being present at all in Disk Utility, /Volumes, and is not showing up with "diskutil list" in Terminal. I mainly want to know if it's possible to get the system to recognize that a drive is plugged in so I can reformat it with ANY filesystem. I'm pretty green to the underworkings of the mac.

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MacBook Air :: Free Up Space On Hard Drive?

Feb 11, 2012

I'm running out of space on my hard drive. In the past I deleted foreign languages and freed up some space.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Mac Mini :: Free Up Space On Hard Drive?

Mar 9, 2012

how do you change the target drive for i photoes library so i could change them to an external drive

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Out Of Hard Drive Space - How To Free It Up

May 29, 2012

I am a long time PC user that just recently got a MacBook Pro. I am out of space on my hard drive and not sure exactly what is eating up all the volume? I went to About This Mac and looked at the Macintosh HD and it says I only have 28GB out of 499GB available. The piece that is using up lion's share is all yellow "Other". How do I find out what is causing this? Is there an easy way to determine what file is chewing up my hard drive?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Windows On Mac :: 12.5GB Free Space - Boot Camp Drive

Dec 28, 2010

not luck finding an answer with search function or google. just covering my bases here. I'm running a Macbook Pro 13" with Windows 7 via Boot Camp. I made my partition 30GB when installing Windows, thinking it would be more than enough for what I needed, especially after reading this. Quote: I opted for 20GB, which left me with just a bit over 16GB to use after installing Windows 7. from: [URL:...] So I figured 30GB would mean I would have up to 26 GB of free space to play with after install. My problem is, I only have 12.5GB free space left over to play with and seemingly my Windows 7 installation is what, 17GB? I'm sort of thinking maybe for whatever reason there's a copy of my Windows 7 installation files somewhere on the partition that didn't get deleted, or all the expanded files used for installation are still sitting somewhere. Before I go ahead and delete the partition and reinstall Windows 7 again, I'd like to know if Windows7 is actually that bloody big and why on the guide I read it says it's only 4GB?

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Applications :: Hard Drive Software To Free Up Space?

Jan 17, 2009

What is some good software to free up my hard drive?

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OS X :: Hard Drive Will Not Partition - Says It's Full But It Has Over 60% Free Space

Jun 16, 2009

I've tried repairing and verifying disk permissions, verifying the disk, etc, etc, and even defraging the disk. I still can't make a partition in the HD with bootcamp or disk utility.

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MacBook Pro :: Hard Drive Full - How To Free Up Space

Dec 16, 2009

My MBP has an 80 gig internal hard drive that has approx. 1 gb free. The only media I have on the computer is approx. 40 gigs of music, all of my photos are on an external drive. How can I free up space without moving my music to an external drive?

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OS X :: Application - Used And Free Hard Drive Space - Temperature?

Apr 5, 2010

[URL] This is the full screen shot of this person's desktop that I found(Click on the image on the page and it will enlarge), but the applications I am trying to find are the two in the top right corner. The First is the one that shows the Used and Free HD space? and the other is the temperature one its showing 60 degrees and I was wondering what that app is. I really want that HD application.

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OS X :: Free Space On The Hard Drive Affect Performance

Jul 8, 2010

I know that back in the day, when I used Windows computers, they always said that you should have at least 10% of your hard drive free, and that less could affect the performance of your computer. Is this true for macs.

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MacBook Pro :: Free Up My Hard Drive Storage Space?

Mar 23, 2012

I backed up my hard drive to an external drive. I now want to free up my hard drive storage space. How do I do that. I deleted several GB of iTunes but the free file space did not increase. How can I free up disk space?


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MacBook Pro :: Difference In Free Space On Internal Drive?

May 13, 2012

I'm confused - when I look at my Storage info under the "About This Mac" item, my internal drive shows that it has "141.6 GB free out of 499.25 GB" Yet when I look at a Finder window, the drive shows 230.89 GB available. That's an almost 90 GB difference. I'm assuming (until someone tells me otherwise) that the "About This Mac" information is the 'truest' but I, frankly, don't know.

Mac OS X (10.7.4), 8 GB RAM, 500 GB int, 1 TB ext

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MacBook Pro :: Find Out How Much Free Space On Hard Drive?

May 28, 2012

I recently upgraded to Lion but still a newbie to Mac OS X.  I need to be able to check available space on internal hard drive.

MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: No Free Space - Erase Free Space Interrupted

Mar 20, 2009

Yesterday I apparently interrupted Disk Utility when it was erasing free space, which was far bigger than the used space on my beloved black Macbook. Apparently the free space, because the program was interrupted, is seen as one honking big file.

This morning, the disk utility tells me that I have zero free space. Verify says I do not need repair. I checked because of all my sudden problems (I am unable to save anything to the laptop, unable to cut-and-paste . . . and unable to erase free space again since there officially isn't any, etc.).

Trash is empty.

I tried (based on advice in another thread) to reboot with the installation disk so as to use its disk utility program, but the installation disk menu offers "install" etc. but not (as far as I can tell) just access to its disk utility.

I plugged in my Timemachine external drive [WD MyBook], but the most recent "save" there has the "restore" button greyed out. That's scary.

I'm willing to do a complete re-install if necessary, but I hope that one of you has a simpler solution that will simply get my free space back.

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Showing Inaccurate Free Space

Jul 18, 2010

I have a 1TB external LaCie hard drive. Presently, it is loaded with about 300GBs of space so I should have around 650GBs left. However, it is only showing about 240GBs left. I think the problem is that I used to use this hard drive for Time Machine backups, I deleted them via the recycle bin. I checked the recycle bin, nothing there. I verified the disk, everything ok, I repaired it as well. I even erased the empty space.

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MacBook :: Startup Drive Doesn't Recognize Free Space

Mar 20, 2012

My startup disc reported it was nearly full.  I deleted 170 gbs of i tunes media and documents, and it still reports that my disc is nearly full.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Free Space Reported On Boot Drive In Get Info

Jun 6, 2012

Get Info overstates the free space on my boot drive. Disk Utility reports ~295 GB; Get Info reports ~467 GB out of 500.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: USB Thumb Drive Won't Update The Amount Of Free Space?

Jun 21, 2012

My USB thumb drive won't update the amount of free space. It's constantly saying it is full, even if I delete the files on it.  

It's the same on all of the thumb drives I use.  It there a "refresh" button - to get it to update the amount of data on it? 

I transfer large video files between an iMac and PC computer.  

iMac 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, iPhone OS 3.1.2, Mac OS X Lion 10.7

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OS X Mavericks :: Can't Expand Data Partition Even Though Have Free Space On Drive

Jun 28, 2014

I recently purchased a 120gb SSD to put in my mac mini. In preparation for this, I created a second partition on my drive as a data drive where I will store things in order to make a time machine backup with the 120gb drive. Everything went as planned, except now, I cannot expand my data partition to use the whole disk. Below is a screen capture of what I'm talking about: 

To accomplish putting my OS on only 120GB of hard drive, I've made symbolic links for most of the folders in my ~/ folder

This is what the ~/ Folder looks like on my Macintosh HD partition

 This is where these files are actually located

As far as I can gather, the only way I can combine these partitions now is to re-format the entire drive, which as you can see would cause me many problems. How to expand a partition "upwards" for lack of a better term? I'm fairly new to Mac.

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MacBook :: Hard Drive Full - Deleting Stuff To Free Up Space

Dec 20, 2009

Not sure, but for some reason my mac hard drive has got to be 95% full. I know where all the things I put on my laptop are and have added them up and they do not equal up to 132 GB of space. I have deleted the Previous Systems folder which was taking up a lot of space. Where are there more mysterious locations that are taking up space that are not needed and safe to delete?

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Software :: Clearing Free Space On Hard Drive (Secure Data)

Oct 21, 2008

If I clear free space on my hard drive the OS is on the hard drive will still be fine. Also will it get rid of all my sensitive data that was not erased through secure erase.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Slow Running Mac While Having Free Space In Hard Drive?

Jan 31, 2012

My mac is slow. Obvious points are covered. Maximum RAM installed; All apple software updates downloaded and permissions repaired after each download.Activity Monitor shows no obvious 'hogs'.Hard Drive (250GB) has almost 50GB free I am considering some sort of clean up using something like ONYX but feel that the hardware /software package should be almost self maintaining.15 years using Macs, since OS5 but not minded to look under the hood very often, since that is what brought me to Apple in the first place. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3GB Ram

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