Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32

Thread: where did all my space go?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Beans
    24

    where did all my space go?

    hello, im here with a problem thats about the harddrive space in my laptop.
    all i do on here is download things, and do things for school
    im out of place on the hard drive. but there is only about 8 gigs of files in the downloads folder.
    and documents dont take that much place.
    so my question is, where did it go and how do i find it?
    my harddrive is 200 gigs btw.
    its also not in the trash

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    52° N 6° E
    Beans
    2,869
    Distro
    Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: where did all my space go?

    Have a look at this post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1122670
    Which partition gets full? You may have more than one. Which directory consumes all your disk space?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Beans
    24

    Re: where did all my space go?

    i only have one, and i can't find what folder does. it almost seems like none.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Beans
    77

    Re: where did all my space go?

    use squashfs, tarballs or whatever. Buy an external drive to store your data or store stuff online. Use google drive.
    drive.google.com They offer a free 15GB of space. Hey use Ubuntu one. You get 5GB there.
    I am just a captian of the sea of data in my own mind.
    -~codenine75a~-
    United States of America.
    Usually operating from "Mora" A Dell Latitude E4300

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Beans
    24

    Re: where did all my space go?

    thats not what i want, i just want the problem fixed, there is nothing on my hard drive that could take so much space

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Beans
    1,461
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: where did all my space go?

    A couple quick things to check:

    1. What is the data usage on your file system. From terminal:

    Code:
    df -Th
    That will show you which partition is taking up all of the space. It's not impossible, but a bit unusual to only have a system set up with 1 partition. That will help narrow things down a bit.

    2. I like to run this command to show me the top 10 largest files in any directory:

    Code:
    du -hsx * | sort -rh | head -10
    Once you've narrowed down the partitions that has the most data on it, you can try running this from that partition (and any subdirectories) to get an idea of what are the largest files. Probably /home, /var, and /etc would be the first places I would check. You may need to prepend that with 'sudo' if you want to run it from system directories as you'll get a permission denied error. That's usually not a problem as most times you can ignore those files anyway.

    That should give you output similar to (this is on my system running from /:
    Code:
    74G     home
    6.9G    usr
    1.6G    var
    1.5G    opt
    396M    lib
    60M     boot
    17M     etc
    8.9M    bin
    8.7M    sbin
    1.5M    root
    That should help you get started.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Leeds, UK
    Beans
    1,664
    Distro
    Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

    Re: where did all my space go?

    How many kernels are in the boot directory?

    Code:
    ls -l /boot/vm*
    Please create new threads for new questions.
    Please wrap code in code tags using the '#' button or enter it in your post like this: [code]...[/code].

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Beans
    24

    Re: where did all my space go?

    -rw------- 1 root root 5368560 mei 1 2013 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic
    -rw------- 1 root root 5373488 aug 22 23:26 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-30-generic
    -rw------- 1 root root 5372944 sep 10 22:28 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-31-generic
    -rw------- 1 root root 5375088 okt 2 00:08 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-32-generic
    -rw------- 1 root root 5375056 okt 23 19:58 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-33-generic
    -rw------- 1 root root 5375472 nov 12 19:34 /boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-34-generic
    thats what i get when i do ls -l /boot/vm*

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Beans
    24

    Re: where did all my space go?

    iv'e tried but sort -rh | head -10. don't seem to work or take really long, could you tell me what one is the case?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Beans
    1,461
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: where did all my space go?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjoerdmeijer33 View Post
    iv'e tried but sort -rh | head -10. don't seem to work or take really long, could you tell me what one is the case?
    Depending on where you run it from, it could possibly take a minute or so.

    Also, double check that you've typed the command in correctly. What you posted wasn't quite what I put above, and it could be that you're missing the 'du -hsx *' part of the command (in which case the system is just sitting there waiting for input to the next command, sort). It's best if possible to just copy and paste this into the terminal to be sure you got the syntax correct.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •