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Deleting Files Not Freeing Up Disk Space on MacBook Pro Catalina

After I deleted some files from my MacBook Pro 16" Catalina 10.15.2 and emptied the Trash, I saw the files disappear. However, I find that the disk space is not freed up. I should have about 120G of free storage space, but Finder and Disk Utility display 30G. I have restarted my Mac into Safe Mode and repaired the disk in Recovery Mode, but no changes. Why?

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iBoysoft author Connie Yang

Connie Yang

Answered on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Have you ever turned on Time Machine automatic backup? Local Time Machine snapshots can consume your storage space.

You can go to the Apple menu > System Settings > Time Machine to disable the auto-backup option.

If that's not the case, have you recently updated your Mac? Maybe there's a certain bug in the new macOS version that makes you delete files but not free up space on your Mac.

You can update your Mac if there is any new version available.

I think this issue is probably due to Finder bugs where purgeable space isn't recognized as free, because I encountered the same issue last year and I just solved this issue by restarting my Mac several times.

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