Where is my contents being stored?

Bruce Gust
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I'm running Parallels on my Mac and I'm being told that there isn't enough room to start Windows. When I look at my Storage, I have this:

screenshot of HD
I have deleted all of the content in my "Documents" folder and yet this graphic tells me that I've still got 14 GB of content in "Documents."

Where would this content be?
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Martin LissOlder than dirt
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Commented:
I'm a long time user of Parallels Desktop and yet I don't remember ever seeing that window. How did you get there? What version of Parallels are you using?
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You are taking "documents" too literally. Check your entire profile for downloads, etc.
Do you have multiple users on the system?
The other possible meaning for the error deals with available memory.


How big is the Windows VM?

When was the last time you started the VM?
Which Windows version? Update download prior to last poweroff/reboot?
Bruce GustPHP Developer

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The window that I'm looking at comes from clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner of the screen and then "About This Mac" and then clicking on the "Storage" tab.

I don't have multiple users, it's just me.

As far as the size of the VM, I can't tell you what it's "supposed" to be. I changed the amount of space that was allocated thinking that would make it a little more "roomy," but now I'm getting this:

screenshot of VM
So...

When you say I need to check my entire profile, how do I access that? Where would that be located?

I'm looking at this screen and I'm thinking now that this is the "documents" section...?

documents screen
Then again, maybe not. I found a folder yesterday that was a couple of GBs and it wasn't in my "documents" folder, yet when I deleted it, the removal registered as a decrease in the "documents" reading on the "Storage" tab.

I booted up Parallels yesterday morning, but since trying to remove files and increasing the amount of space allocated to the VM, I've not been able to boot it up. Instead I get the message that there's not enough space to do it.
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Martin LissOlder than dirt
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Yes that is the contents of your Documents folder. Click the "Large Files" button and delete any that you see that you don't need. When you are done empty the trash.
You need to enlarge the HD on the VM image .. how much did you increase the HD image to?  Perhaps you tried to make it TOO BIG?

Depending on your version of Parallels there are slight variations but in essence you've to power down the VM .. update the HD size in the settings and reboot it ..
See the following KB article from Parallels
https://kb.parallels.com/113972


You DO NOT need to delete anything from the Documents folder or anywhere else on OSX as you've 10GB of FREE space on the OSX HD but that is not a huge amount alright.

Empty trash and reboot the Mac to give yourself a clearer picture of free space.
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music, pictures and photo gallery you have 14Gb.

I do not think the error you are getting is from the HOST. Can you expand the amount of space you have for parallels by another 8Gb?
90 GB for a windows partition is too small.
90 gigs is plenty for windows 10
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/windows-10-specifications

Have you read this article at Parallels site.
https://kb.parallels.com/10117
The error message says that you will need to free up another 7219 MB of space.  You currently show 10.5GB of free space and this message means you need to should have 17.7GB of free space.

Your "Documents" files includes everything in your home folder and any files owned by your user account.  This means everything in /Users/brucecust/ including your ~/Library/ Folder.  How much RAM was allocated to your Parallels image?  Maybe you should decrease that a little.
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I went to my "Home" directory on my Mac and hit "apple ->f" and did a search for "Documents." From there I was able to better guage what needed to be deleted in order to make more room!

Thanks, guys!
Your very welcome. 😁

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