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I installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on my laptop about a month ago. The laptop has a 500Gb HD (483.9 actually shows up). I’ve applied all the updates (security, etc.), and as of today, I can no longer install updates. In searching for a way to make room, I’ve noticed that I cannot get any usable information on the HD, as I can with Mac and Windows. I cannot see how much of the HD is used, and how much is unused. Also, I cannot see how many backups have been archived (I’d like to remove the oldest ones to make room). What am I to do?

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  • I am not sure I can help you fully, but try with opening up a terminal <kbd>CTRL</kbd>+<kbd>ALT</kbd>+<kbd>T</kbd> and type df -h. There you can see how much space there really is free on your hard drive. If that is not enough you can use the command sudo du -hs /*. This makes you see where the space is eaten up. Then, just go down the trees from there.
    – rohde71
    Nov 10, 2016 at 15:02
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    What you should do depends on what you want. You list some issues but give no hint about what you want to achieve regarding them. Could please edit your question to clarify that? Nov 10, 2016 at 15:14

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Use gnome-disk-utility. You can run this from the command line or look for Disks using the HUD. It should give you information of of all the mounted disks and how full they are. There are text-based utilities as well but this should do.

Now, to analyse what is taking most of the space, you can use Disk usage analyzer.

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