mysteriously lost about 3GB Hard Drive space?

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  1. crazydreaming macrumors 6502a

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    For a few hours this afternoon, my powerbook was acting wierd. The fans were running like crazy and the only thing open was safari (a few windows), mail, and iChat. Safari was unbearably slow. When I went to activity monitor, my processor was running at almost 100%, but I couldn't find the culprit, the biggest resource hog was safari and it was only 5-10%...

    Quitted everything, left computer for a while. Come back, fans still running, and message comes up saying I'm out of hard disk space. I ran onyx: all the maintenance and cleaning commands, restart and reset pram twice. I repeated this whole process twice, and I'm still only at 1GB when I had 4.5GB before all this started.

    Whole thing doesn't make sense. What would be taking up all that space mysteriously??
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Try running OmniDiskSweeper or WhatSize and looking for any large files or folders. Could be a runaway log file of some sort...

    Also, when you were in Activity Monitor, did you switch the drop menu to show All Processes instead of just My Processes? If not, that may have been why you didn't see what was using up your CPU.
     
  3. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    Virus.
     
  4. crazydreaming thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :eek:





    you're joking...




    right?
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yes...he's just being an idiot. :rolleyes:
     
  6. crazydreaming thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Did you try to do a restart? Maybe Mac OS is using a large amount of your HDD's disk space for virtual memory?
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yep...he restarted multiple times.

     
  9. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    i dont know what the hardware stuff was about but if you are using bittorrent to down load a large file and forget about it (NEVER downloading all of fedora core 5 via torrent again, 4+GB) the HD forgets that it allocated the memory sometimes so it will suddenly realize its down to no storage (record was 641 kb left of my HD)
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I looked over his posts to look for this and missed it each time.....must be time to go to bed.... :eek:
     
  11. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Go ahead...I'll keep watch.

    Sleep tight.
     
  12. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    Well, no actually i'm not. It sounds exactly like a virus. It's eating up your hard drive space, plus doing whatever else you said was happening. Considering there are no viruses for macs..... it's perfectly possible.
     
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Thanks WildCowboy. :) I feel much more alert now that I have gotten some sleep. ;) :D
     
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not familiar with any Windows viruses that act in this manner. However.. I'm confused by your statement, "Considering there are no viruses for macs..... it's perfectly possible." Perfectly possible to have a virus? When there are no viruses for Mac OS X?
     
  15. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    Sometimes I'll just lose HD space...and then it will come back...no idea why...
     
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  17. crazydreaming thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That seems to be what happened. I was going through and deleting stuff I don't need. When I emptied the trash one of the times, it took a long time, and suddenly the space I was missing was back :confused:

    It's almost as if the trash wasn't emptying before even though it said it was...

    Thanks for the help anyway!
     
  18. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Are you saying that you were trying to run with only 4.53GB left on your boot volume??? :eek:
     
  19. crazydreaming thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yes :eek:

    Is it really such a bad thing?

    It sucks, but after lot's of cleaning/burning yesterday I'm up to 13.53

    It's a problem I need to resolve
     
  20. virividox macrumors 601

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    try cecking if you have ur public folders activated. someone could be dropping big files onto them to fill ur hd up. i do it to my friends to piss em off hahah :D
     

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