[OT] Disappearing Disk Space Under Lion

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Mon Jun 11 17:09:54 EDT 2012

I bet your spotlight cache filled the drive up. We had this problem on OS X Server, where Spotlight was failing at the indexing somehow, and would create a new cache file for indexing each time I restarted, but the index never completed because of errors. I never found out what was causing the errors. I just disabled Spotlight Indexing for all my server shares and volumes and said to hell with it. It also freed up a ton of CPU cycles which were getting eaten up. 

There are articles around about the problem, and the methods to remedy it. Search for something along the lines of Reset Spotlight Indexing. 


On Jun 11, 2012, at 1:46 PM, Peter Haworth wrote:

> I just discovered that the internal drive on my Mac is compltely full.
> When I updated to Lion a couple of weeks ago, there was approx 60gigs
> free.  Since then I have created no partucularly large files.  I have used
> Spotlight to search for files > 20mbytes and all the files that show up are
> on my External Drive.  Suspicouly, no system files show up in Spotlight
> over that size, even though I am using the setting to include system files.
> I'm pretty sure that the disk space has been eaten up by something to do
> with Lion but don;t know where to start looking.  Any ideas?
> Pete
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