Disappearing Diskspace

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by 5300cs, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. 5300cs macrumors 68000

    5300cs

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    #1
    Man, what is it with disk space? I've got:

    A G5 with an 80gig drive: 10g left (after heavy cleaning)
    A G4 with a 60gig drive: 50g left (just starting to move junk to it)
    A G3 with a 20gig drive (yeah I know, small): 12g left
    A 12", 15" and 17" PB with 40g & and 60g drive: +/- 10g left
    A FireWire 80g drive: 20g left
    A USB 2 250g drive: 10g left

    Where is all my disk space going ??? :confused: I can remember back in the day when I was cruising on win3.1 (no jokes please, I was young & innocent then) with a 360MB drive and I had no problems. Even 5 years ago I had a 3g drive and I was still okay. Is it broadband? I dunno. I don't even have anything that should be taking up that much space.

    And before you go thinking anything, it ain't because of pr0n that only takes up like 3g max. Maybe it's because I can't delete anything. Maybe it's my iPhoto library which takes up a whopping 17gigs :eek:

    Does anyone else have this problem?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #2
    It's only gonna get worse too. :(

    The nature of computers just makes it so easy to accumulate files, and they all add up.
     
  3. pubwvj macrumors 68000

    pubwvj

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    #3
    Don't shutdown or sleep your computer.
    Instead, leave it running 24/7 with the screen set to turn off after a period of inactivity and the harddrives set to spin down when they can. Many don't use much power like this and it gives them a chance to do maintenance, like cleaning up logs, at night.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #4
    I wouldn't really recommend that technique. It's not great for the machines to be running all the time, especially for laptops too. These automatic processes can be run manually too. :)
     
  5. pubwvj macrumors 68000

    pubwvj

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    #5
    I've been doing it for 15 years on up to 17 Macs at once (currently 5) with excellent results. When the drives aren't being used they spin down. Keeping the machines running all the times keeps the chips at a more even temperature and that is better for the electronics which results in a longer lifespan and more reliability. Turning electronics on and off is the third most damaging thing you can do to them. (Lightning and overheating are the first two.) By keeping them always on they perform better and last longer.

    -Walter
    Speaking as an engineer
    and hardware designer
    among other things.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Okay, cool. Thanks for the tip pubwvj. :)

    Oh yeah, and I love the 'tar. Congratulations. :D
     
  7. pubwvj macrumors 68000

    pubwvj

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    Thanks! :) My wife drew the portrait of which the 'tar is a close up.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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  9. zerosnipe macrumors member

    zerosnipe

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    #9
    You think thats bad look at this
    [​IMG]
    click and look at my hard drive widget. i can get about 10 gigs of stuff i dont care about off the one drive but thats after some kinda heavy cleaning that snapshot was taken.
     

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