Different Folder Size on Pathfinder Compared to Finder

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12 Feb, 2018 03:58 AM

If I use Get Info for this folder:
/Users/[user]/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/Outlook/Outlook 15 Profiles/Main Profile

I get two different folder sizes depending on whether I'm using Finder or Pathfinder.

Finder tells me it's 19.5GB (see image 1); but Pathfinder tells me it's 38.2GB (image 2)

Why would this be?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 14 Feb, 2018 04:41 PM

    Path Finder Support Team's Avatar

    Hi Peter, 

    Thanks for reaching out! 

    PathFinder reports the real used space including the backups (snapshots), cache, recently deleted (moved) files etc, 
    while Finder cheats a bit by excluding them from the used figure, assuming they are temporary. Sometimes people and macOS itself refer to this space as Purgeable. 
    You can’t manually remove the files that are designated as Purgeable, but your system removes them when additional space is requested by you. 

    Don't hesitate to contact us should any questions arise. 

    Best Regards, 
    Path Finder Support Team 

  2. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 14 Feb, 2018 04:41 PM.

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