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nick mulder
Aug 1, 2012, 07:07 PM
Hello all,

I've noticed that my mac HD icon in the finder (10.7.4) will increase its free space qouta whenever I delete something, but its not so hot at noticing new files - could be wrong about the mechanism behind this error but regardless the net result is this bit of nonsense:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7694586912_06c5d45bbb.jpg

Free space just got bigger than the drive :confused: hence I now feel compelled to post


What is going on ?

How to fix ?

System profiler and disk util show the correct disk usage. Restart finder doesn't fix...

Sorry if this has been covered already - I found it hard to come up with non-generic search terms for this issue



Nermal
Aug 1, 2012, 07:50 PM
This is a wild guess, but try rebooting while holding Cmd-S. At the prompt, type

fsck -fy /

I can't remember whether it's "reboot" or "shutdown -r now" to get back into the GUI afterwards :)

nick mulder
Aug 1, 2012, 10:40 PM
I dont fsck on the first date :rolleyes:

Had to look it up before I uploaded my CC details direct to you ... But, as it turns out:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3983143?start=0&tstart=0




:( :apple: :(

Nermal
Aug 1, 2012, 11:07 PM
You don't need to be scared of a little fsck ;)

That linked thread is interesting; I've never run into that and figured that it was a filesystem corruption issue (fsck being FileSystem ChecK).

Mr. Retrofire
Aug 2, 2012, 06:06 AM
Is your HD size 500 GB?

Btw, fsck is not necessary, because the OS uses fsck before it mounts a volume on the desktop.

Nermal
Aug 2, 2012, 02:37 PM
Btw, fsck is not necessary, because the OS uses fsck before it mounts a volume on the desktop.

It does a "mini check"; compare the time taken to run fsck with the time taken to mount a volume and you'll see that there's no way that it's running all of the checks :)