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Macintosh HD icon 'free space' info is wrong.
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 18, '05 03:14:10PM

Perhaps related, my Macintosh HD desktop icon's free space info is rarely accurate. (I have "Show item info" checked, so that I can see total space and free space.) Finder says one thing, the icon says another. Sometimes it's been off by 10GB! I don't think it's related to Trash, because I usually leave it empty.

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Macintosh HD icon 'free space' info is wrong.
Authored by: lunarthar on Mar 18, '05 05:05:22PM

This is because the info in the icon is updated only the next time Finder is restarted. If you do a "get info" on the hard disk though, then the free space shown is correct. So you need to quit Finder and when it restarts then the free space info will be correct - Just press Command-option-escape and relaunch finder, the info will be correct. As an alternative type df -h in the terminal - this always shows the correct disk space info for all mounted disks

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Macintosh HD icon 'free space' info is wrong.
Authored by: BMarsh on Mar 20, '05 07:47:42PM

copying any file into the base directory will cause the size or free space to be re-calculated

I've noticed this in 2 cases,
1) On the Desktop when you have Show Item Info (in View options)
the "xxx MB free" does not update until something at the base level of that hard drive changes (copy or move a text clipping or something small to that drive, and it should update very quickly)

2) In List view when Calculate All Sizes is turned on, a folders size does not update if a sub folder is actually getting changes, you have to make a change to the number of files (one in, or one out) in the folder you want to see the size of.

These cases do not affect the Get Info window, only what is displayed directly in finder windows. I Hope this is somewhat clear, I'm a little tired.

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