: Sierra storage and Garageband files

Oct 19th, 2016, 11:47 AM
I have Mac OS 10.12. "About This Mac" tells me that GarageBand is using 8.11 GB of storage. Then I check"Manage Storage" and I find out that it is "Garageband instruments and lessons" that are using up 8.11 BG. However I had already moved the Garageband app off of my hard drive. I check for large Garageband files in the library and none of the GarageBand files are even 1 GB. Does anyone know why my computer would be allotting 8.11 GB for this non-existent app??

Oct 19th, 2016, 11:50 AM
Delete GarageBand to Save Precious Gigabytes of Mac Storage (https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/delete-garageband/)

Based on a clean install of GarageBand 10.0.2 on OS X 10.9.3, key locations of large files include:

Macintosh HD/Applications/GarageBand.app (1.16GB)
Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/GarageBand (995MB)
Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Logic (880MB)
Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Apple Loops (up to 10GB)*

*Note that the size of the Apple Loops directory will vary depending on the number and type of loops downloaded by the user. You should not delete this folder (or the Logic folder) if you are using Logic Pro.

Oct 20th, 2016, 09:13 AM
Hey CubaMark, thanks for sending that. I've got no GarageBand in applications, no GarageBand in Application Support, no Logic, no GarageBand Apple Loops in Audio. I still get the message that "Garageband instruments and lessons" that are using up 8 GB. Phantom files??

Oct 20th, 2016, 10:41 AM
Here's another way to find large files that are filling up your drive. Download "GrandPerspective (http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net)". Have it do a scan of your drive (fairly quick). Be sure to navigate to the root level of your hard drive. The coloured blocks represent, proportionately, the size in MB or GB the files on the drive.

Click on any block to show the path at the bottom of the window, so you can locate the files, as per below:


Oct 21st, 2016, 09:19 AM
Thank you for that suggestion CubaMark. I had tried to download DiskInventory, but Apple security refused to open it. For some reason Grand Perspective did not have that problem. Anyway I found the file and deleted it.

Oct 21st, 2016, 12:06 PM
....Apple security refused to open it. For some reason Grand Perspective did not have that problem....

If you run into that problem again, the solution is not obvious, but simple: find the application in the /Applications/ folder, or wherever it is, and Right-Click, then choose Open. You'll get a warning, but will be allowed to open the program from that point onward.

We've discussed this recently in another thread (https://www.ehmac.ca/anything-mac/145194-mac-os-serria-made-3rd-party-apps-illegal.html).

Glad GrandPerspective was useful. It's a great app, and I'm constantly surprised that it continues to work through new versions of OS X without any updates.