Startup disk no space

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  1. chrislaw, Oct 15, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011

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    chrislaw

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    Ok so I've been trying to search around for this but don't know exactly what to do with any of the answers I've found... not a smart one at this type of thing :eek:

    So I get the "your mac os x startup disk has no more space for application memory" message. I am not too sure how to alleviate this issue.

    It brings up the window to close some things but the only thing in it are Firefox and finder.

    My HD has 370gb used and 630gb free. My cpu says 6% user, 4% system and 90% idle. My memory says 472mb wired, 637mb active, 105mb inactive and 6.85gb free.

    With the most simplest of explanations, what the heck do i do? I assume a restart will temporarily fix this issue but what do i have to do to fix it?

    The issue is on my iMac.. thanks for any help!
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    630GB free? or 630MB free?

    The system is acting like you're out of RAM and disk space.
     
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    chrislaw

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    sorry, 630gb free. I have a 1tb HD and 8gb of ram with practically nothing running.

    I just cant figure out how i could be out of anything. Everything was closed down in my applications except finder and firefox.
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    I'm having a similar problem so i freed up my bootcamp partition which was 220gigs about an hour later i get the message again and it said i had 900mb avail I've jus browsed the internet what could possibly have take 200 gigs in that short amount of time
     
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    chrislaw

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    maybe its just one of those mysteries :p

    I noticed mine happened after i ran an update...
     
  6. macrumors 68000

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    What OS are you running? Is it Lion?

    Is Mail one of the programs that's open?
     
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    IC3D

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    This happens with me over and over again with Mail.. mail from my Recovered Mail keeps coming back, after I delete it from the folder and from Mail.app. Weird stuff man. lol
     
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    chrislaw

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    I don't use the mail app. It opens every once in awhile but the only place i use it is on my phone. I just go directly to Yahoo for my mail on the computer. But no it was not open when i got the message.

    And no I'm not on Lion. I'm on the latest update of Snow Leopard as is my MBP which is use the same way as my iMac generally (i.e. no mail program). But have no issues on my MBP.

    I will try AppleJack and report back... thanks
     
  10. macrumors 68000

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    You have an email message stuck in the .OfflineCache of one of your IMAP accounts. I found an Apple Script earlier this year that will clear it out. I'm on my iPhone, so it's much easier just to tell you to google ".OfflineCache". Somewhere along the line, you tried to send a message that was too big, and Mail did not fail gracefully. It's an invisible folder inside the IMAP mailbox on your Mac. Clear that out, and this problem will go away.

    Oh, and your IMAP account will start working again.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    Boot from the recovery disk 1 that came with your PC (or the Snow Leopard disk if you upgraded from previous OS). Then run Disk Utility and select the hard drive and click the Verify Disk (not Verify Disk Permissions). If it reports any errors, hit Repair Disk afterwards.

    Had this on two Macs over the last month and both have been fine since running the disk repair.
     
  12. macrumors 68000

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    There's no point in verifying. Just run repair.
     

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