Installed Big Sur on my 2018 Mini and, as far as the TextBlade is concerned, I haven’t seen any issues. And my normal use so far in apps seems fine.
But I have found one very concerning issue. When I look at “About My Mac” in the “storage” section, I was down to just 39 GB on my 500 GB SSD! About 167 GB were listed under “Other”.
I have not been able to find a solution to this. I deleted some fairly large video projects (1 GB or more each) and a fet other things. Hardly made any change at all. I eventually Shutdown (I had “restarted” before with no obvious difference) and then booted again. Seems that some of the things I deleted finally made an impact, but a small one. I’m up to 48 GB of free space, but “Other” is actually a bit bigger (170 GB)!
When I compare it to the backup of the drive, I’ve lost about 144 GB!
So, using the Finder, I compared the 4 main folders of my internal drive and the backup with these results (First number is the internal drive and second is the backup). The question mark for the first one is because it is still “calculating” the size. No idea why it is taking so long considering it can’t be nearly as big as at least one other:
Applications: ??? - 10.67 GB
Library: 6.04 - 8.62 GB
System: 27.17 - 11.2 GB
Users: 321.4 - 196.36 GB
I don’t know if some of the differences are because of what SuperDuper may not copy, but that wouldn’t explain why, in at least one case, the backup folder takes more space.
But, of course, the big issue is the Users folder where the internal drive is using far more memory.
Doing some research about “Other”, about all I found was stuff about deleting things, especially cache files. It said to delete the entire cache folder for each app that was big. But since it didn’t specifically say anything about whether it could cause a problem, I haven’t done that.
But I have checked the size of each of those folders. Most are measured in KB. Or in MB, but not a lot.
Only 4 were around a GB or so. Even if I got rid of all those, it wouldn’t come close to solving the problem since it only represents 4-5 gb at most.
So, any ideas?