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Mac showing disk full but the actual stuff is only 30% of it

According to the system information, only 13GB of my 128 GB SSD are usable. The storage wizard's breakdown of space consumption is as follows: Documents: 37.84 GB; Apps: 7.23 GB; Photos: 2.65 GB; System: 11.3 GB; Other: 49.66 GB. However, according to Finder, the combined size of all of my documents in Documents, Downloads, and Desktop is under 10 GB. I am not sure why the 'Documents' category is so bloated and what this 'Other' category is doing taking up about 45% of the disk space. HELP PLEASE!

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Monday, April 29, 2024

Mac "Other" storage holds files (documents, photos, apps, movies, audio, etc.) that macOS is unable to classify into any known format. Cache, temporary, and other file kinds can quickly fill up the Other folder on Mac.

If you find the Other category occupies a lot of disk space, you can read this post What is 'Other' on Mac Storage and How to Delete it to delete unwanted files in it.

Besides, the Documents category Mac storage isn't equal to the Documents folder in Finder, it holds files in your home folder that aren't grouped in other categories, such as Pages documents and PDFs. On macOS Ventura and later, after you check the storage from System Settings > General and choose Storage, you can click the info button beside the Documents to view the item within it.

If you need to free up disk space on Macintosh HD, you can easily make it with a third-party Mac cleaner such as iBoysoft DiskGeeker, the features it provides like Clean Junk and Space Analyze can help you easily unwanted files on Mac.

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