Help! My ibook's hard drive is getting smaller!!!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Littleodie914, Oct 2, 2004.

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    Littleodie914

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    #1
    Ahh! Here's my situation... I bought Myst 4 a few hours ago, and in the installer, it said it would take about 7 gigs to install. I had approximately 7.2 gigs remaining on my hard drive, so I decided to delete a DVD that I had saved to a VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder (inside a folder titled the name of the movie.) I checked the size of the folder before I deleted it, and it was 6.8 gigs. I dragged it to the trash, right clicked on the trash, and wiped it. At the bottom of the finder window though, my available disk space didn't change. Strange, I thought, but probably just a small twitch. A restart will fix things. So I finish installing Myst 4, and restart. Upon checking my hard drive, I now have 164MB of hard drive space left!! What's going on?! This is scary, as I know that now Mac OS X can't create a swap file (or whatever it's called in Unix.) Please help!! :eek:
     
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    flyfish29

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    Are you backed up with your personal files- purchased music, song lists, calendars, docs, etc.?

    Sorry I can't be of help- good luck.
     
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    I have a 12gig if it would help... please let me know.

    Mark Jozaitis
     
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    #4
    try using force delete, but if that won't work, then I don't know. never seen anything like that before.
     
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    slooksterPSV

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    Try using Disk First Aid, it could be a stuck segment; example:
    I'm using 2MB of memory for a program
    1KB to 2048KB
    1*------------------*2048
    The * are where it starts and ends - is data being used, here's what may be happening:
    1*xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx*2048
    The x are bad clusters or corrupt data or:
    1* *2048
    the space means no data, but its using segment 1 to 2048 of data so theres some allocation thats wrong - Disk Aid will help this.
     
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    if you have file vault on, tell it to recover the disk space when you restart. this sort of thing has happened to me before, i guess it doesnt really delete it until you do that :confused:
     

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