Hidden disk space
This feature is not available in the Mac App Store version of DaisyDisk.
Sometimes the amount of “used” space on a disk may appear greater than the total size of all scanned files and folders on that disk. This is normal. The difference is usually taken by the file system overhead and system stuff like Spotlight index, but in certain cases a significant amount of disk space may be hiding in other users’ accounts or folders that are normally not visible to you. In order to reveal those folders you should scan the disk as administrator.
(hidden space) is a virtual disk map item that only appears when the total size of restricted files is significant, so you can see whether it’s worth rescanning the disk as administrator or not.
Large amounts of hidden disk space may also indicate to file system errors. Follow our troubleshooting guide for details.
In rare cases, a significant amount of disk space may still appear hidden even after scanning as administrator. This may be caused by problems with disk permissions. Try to repair permissions using the system Disk Utility app.
Strange hidden space may also be caused by a third-party backup application that created a temporary disk image and then terminated abnormally without cleaning it up. Use `ls -la /Volumes/` command in Terminal app to check if this is the case.