How can I free up space on my MacBook Pro by deleting “Other” files?

Nina Theodore January 30, 2012
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I’m trying to free up some space on my MacBook Pro. Music and Other take up about 100gb each. What files does “Other” consist of and how do I locate and delete them?

  1. Anonymous
    January 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    you can try to make a disk treemaps  with Disk Inventory X
    http://www.derlien.com/
    you can see which files are bigger ones and perhaps not necessary.

    mac a scan with cleanmymac (shareware) you will see how much space you can get
    http://macpaw.com/

  2. FIDELIS
    January 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Hello, check the following thread.  I am sure that will explain what the "other files and folders" are and how they came to be in your Mac:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2470870?start=0&tstart=0

    Before deleting any file you do not know about, make sure to ask qualified personnel about them.  You do not want to delete something that could ruin your system just for the sake of space.  Also before trying to delete something like this, make sure to backup your system just in case...

  3. Mulder
    January 30, 2012 at 1:58 am

    This is a question best served by the Apple Support Communities. You haven't provided nearly enough information for anyone to help you here. If you want to delete something, it's best to start with things you aren't using or don't need, such as music you never listen to or applications you don't use; not 'Other', undefined items.

    There are many thousands of files on  your Mac, both visible and invisible, and if you delete something without knowing what it is, what it does, or what the consequences are, you're going to render your Mac unusable.

    If you want to remove things, start with all the language files you don't use in the applications on your Mac. Download Monolingual (http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/) and see how much space that reclaims for you. Then post your specific questions about what you want to delete at the Apple Support Communities.

  4. Mulder
    January 30, 2012 at 1:50 am

    You're not being specific enough in your question. Where are you getting this 'Other' figure from? Why not say exactly how much music you actually have on your MacBook Pro?

    You can't delete things just because you think it's of no use. There are many thousands of files, both visible and invisible, that make your system run. Deleting any of them would cause your system not to run.

    If there's something specific you want to delete, you need to itemize what those things are, otherwise there's no way to answer your question. Besides that, this is a question better served by the Apple Support Communities.