Shrinking HD space!

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  1. crashtd macrumors newbie

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    Running Panther server...and my system drive is shrinking in available size. I had 5gigs free after i installed.

    This morning it had 300mb. I added up all the files on the disk and i should have about 5gig free!

    But the system seems to be eating 100megs every couple hours or so, i'm totally :confused: i can HD repair, nothing came up.

    I thought maybe rebuilding the desktop file?

    any thoughts folks?

    -crashtd
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Didn't this guy named crashtd ask this same question in the Panther forum?
     
  3. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    How old is this drive? As a drive is beggining to fail, the spidle arm can't extend all the way to the edge of the platter anymore, thereby reducing available disk space.

    If the drive is new, you might try running the cron maintenance scripts, you could just have overly bloated log files.
     
  4. crashtd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes i know, i'm a horrible double poster...but i've been serious stressed today...i wanted answers! lol

    Its possible. ATA Drive, going on year 3 with it. Seems a little early, but i've got alot of hours on my box.

    -crashtd
     
  5. crashtd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the physical size of the disk partition hasn't changed at all...just the space used...could it still be a drive going bad?

    -crashtd
     
  6. crashtd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    just had another thought...is there anyways this could be due to journalling? I don't really now the deal with journalling, and if its files can get that big...but it seems about right, a trickle of space gone every hour. Would make sense right???

    -crashtd
     
  7. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    Take a look in Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder and see what the size is for the Virtual Memory. That could explain a lot.
     
  8. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    Noticed the same thing happening on my Pismo today. Got the message that my boot disk was nearly full. Finder said I had 79mb free. I knew that wasn't right. After rebooting, I had 1.2gb free. It had probably been just over a week since my last reboot. Never happened before Panther. Hmmm...
     
  9. crashtd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have 1.5gb of ram....VM is 5.85gb it seems...that's a smidge high right? Should be 4.5gb (multiplier of 3 of physical right?)

    Flowbee, sounds exactly like my problem. Except when i restart i don't get any space back...any clue on what it is?

    -crashtd
     
  10. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    virtual memory does not exist when you don't need it. pageout files grow and shrink, so even if you got that many pageouts going, the space would be reclaimed when you ended the processes. but you'd need to be doing heavy photo or video work to get that sort of pageout size... mine is usually around 10-100 meg, when it happens.

    any unusually large processes open? what process is using all of that memory?

    pnw
     
  11. crashtd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kernal_task is taking about a gig...

    AIM, itunes, safari, and entourage are claiming 200mb each...alot of others are taking 100mb each of VM...really odd...

    -crashtd
     
  12. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    No friggin' idea. Unfortunately, I didn't do any detective work when I noticed it. Just rebooted (a holdover reaction from my Windows days).

    I'll keep an eye on it over the next week to see if it happens again.
     

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