I have no harddisk space, any thoughts?

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  1. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    #1
    I woke up this morning and OSX reported that there was no space on the startup disk and its true, somehow I have lost 9 GB's of space overnight, OSX says i'm using all available space.

    I know this is not true, I have no programs or anything that could create 9GB's of data overnight. I ran disk permissions before I went to bed as well.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    #2
    here's one idea

    open up a Terminal and run the following. you'll be prompted each time for your password:

    % sudo /etc/daily
    % sudo /etc/weekly
    % sudo /etc/monthly
     
  3. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    Do a Finder search for files modified in the last 24 hours and see what the heck has taken up your hard drive.
     
  4. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Terminal says there is no such job and what am i searching for in the finder? What are the search parametres?
     
  5. wPod macrumors 68000

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    use 'date modified' 'is within' 'the last day' (or you can use 'the last 2 days') then search. it will bring up a lot of random files. but scrole over and there should be a size colum. click that to organize by file size (largest at top) and maybe there will be some wierd 9GB file there.
     
  6. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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    It has happened to me twice that my 9 GB disappeared and I got the same message that there is not enough disk space. Last time it happened the culprit was console logs. Open your terminal and write
    cd /library/logs (press enter)
    Then write
    du -s -h * (press enter)

    This would show you the size of each file in the log. If you see that the size of console is very big like in GB then write
    cd console (press enter)
    then write
    ls (press enter).
    It will show a folder with your name. Then write
    cd thatName
    then again write du -s -h * , to see which file is bloated. It will show files like console.log.0 console.log.1 and their sizes. If you see some bloated GB files, delete it.
     
  7. PrintingGuru macrumors newbie

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    Oh yeah.. somethng similar to this happened to me some time and I spent so much time trying to know what was going on, so its as simple as this huh..
    Thanks...
     
  8. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    then you did something wrong. cut/paste the actual text (what you typed and what you got back) and we'll suss it out.

    btw, those are jobs that the OS will run on a periodic basis that cleans up the system, including the kinds of files that grow over time and eat up a lot of disk space.
     
  9. parrothead macrumors 6502a

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    A much easier alternative than the terminal. If you have room download Macjanitor, a small freeware app. It is a GUI app that runs the same processes as the terminal commands, just a little easier.
     
  10. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I downloaded macjanitor and it hasn't solved the problem.

    Also, to the person who is asking me to perform a search with a date modifed parameter, I don't understand how you typed out that kind of search.

    What am i searching for?

    At this moment I feel such a thickhead... what you are asking me is probably something simple.
     
  11. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Btw, an update. The HD space i gained back (600megs) has now disappeared. I'm back at 0 bytes.
     
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    Don't type the % symbols, zim's just trying to confuse you :p (especially considering that Panther uses $ not %).

    So just type:

    sudo /etc/daily
    sudo /etc/weekly
    sudo /etc/monthly
     
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  14. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Why didn't somebody say Apple F?

    Dammit! I've been searching in the box in the finder.

    Thankyou for your help btw.

    Now get this...

    When I typed the latter "b" in the search box, the finder kept reloading. Also the program, "backup" would not open, insisting on finishing a job which it wouldn't start. Plus when I went to reinstall OSX, the installation process found my missing GB's.

    I've reinstalled now as I think the problem was with backup and yet I couldn't access it plus the finder was acting up, repairing permissions didn't help and for some reason the laptop i'm using wouldn reboot either.

    I seem to have had 4 problems hit me all in one go.

    I will note something however, all my troubles started to happen when I set up Backup to copy certain files and folders to my external HD, we're talking GB's of information here as well. But not enough i think to fill up 9GB's incase I pointed the destination at my own internal drive, which I would of found because everything defaults to the parents directorys in the home folder.

    Anyway... fresh new system now and no problems.
     
  15. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

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    I once had a problem like this and the culprit was with my console log, somehow it managed to expand to 20GB in an hour or so and I just trashed it. Never found out what happened.
     
  16. mklos macrumors 68000

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    If you're using Mac OS X.3 (Panther) there is a search box in every finder window. Its in the top right.
     
  17. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    If you had been reading you will notice that there are distinct differences between both searches, Apple F provides more options to search with.
     
  18. thecow macrumors 6502

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    It's a bit late but see this thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=93885
    I think what happened to me was that my backup program tried to backup my HD onto itself while my external drive was unmounted. You might have had a similar problem.
     

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