Harddrive Mysteriously Getting Full (iMac G5)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wngraham, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. wngraham macrumors regular

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    Less than a month ago my HD was listed as 31 GB full, with 114 GB free space. Last night (and I've literally installed no new programs or updates) I now only have 23 GB free.

    Any ideas what could've happened?

    I went through each folder and directory, and it seems it's my Library folder that's over 100 GB in size.

    All help would be appreciated.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You should run WhatSize to see what is taking up all the space.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Try WhatSize or OmniDiskSweeper to help you look for large files/folders. Sometimes a runaway log file can eat up GB of space.
     
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Agreed. OmniDiskSweeper pointed me to a 5GB ( :eek: ) log file. That's a LOT of text!
     
  5. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    another vote for WhatSize. Just cleared up almost 30Gigs earlier today.
     
  6. WICK3D macrumors member

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    I give a vote to Disk Inventory X

    My hard drive did get full one day i downladed that app and figured out that samba logs where almost 30GB.
     
  7. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

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    Are these apps free or are there any out there that do this that are free?
     
  8. wngraham thread starter macrumors regular

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    Huge thanks for the Omni Disk Sweeper recommendation.

    For some unknown reason I had a 96 GB .dmg mirror of my entire harddrive! It was created on 11/6. I've got no idea how it could've happened, but after a quick delete everything's fine.

    Also, to the person looking for free apps, Omni Disk is free. The $14.99 registration fee only activates the "Delete" button. You can still follow the path shown and manually delete whatever you need to for free.
     

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