Storage creep?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Poindexter333, Nov 30, 2011.

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    My new MBA-Rev E/2011 13"/i5 1.7Ghz/4GB/128SSD Samsung/10.7.1- has been doing something unusual- while in use- I can be doing anything, from watching a video, to browsing online, or even Wp'ing offline, within an hour or 2 I have a hidden 3-4 GIGS of something filling up my hard drive. It's NOT the webpage previews, as I have those blocked. Searching through the drive with various apps shows up no suspects. But, a simple restart will solve the issue- temporarily- for a few hours. I do not remember it ever doing this before recently. I rarely keep many apps open- usually just Safari, WeatherMan Lite, and Chrome.

    I have not yet upped to 10.7.2 as I have heard of some outstanding 'issues,' nor have I done the EFI update either for the same reason, so therefore I have not done the latest Safari update either.

    Yes, I am down to less than 10% of my 128GB SSD free- usually under 5 gigs free actually. Contributing factors? Need any more info? This is very puzzling, as well as getting that annoying "startup disk full" error constantly.


    Any ideas? :dontknow:
     
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    thejadedmonkey

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    Maybe because your SSD is so full, OS X is deleting the swap file for extra space (then recreating it as necessary?)
     
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    Thanks. I am a regular user of GP and Daisy Disk. Neither shows anything remotely approaching that size. Invisible folder hint one? So I just tried the Terminal command as you linked. I do not use Time Machine- preferring to do this manually. Thanks. Hopefully this will deal with it.
     
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    johnhurley

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    Can you purge or move some stuff to give you a reasonable amount of free space on your system?

    I am new to mac but old on solaris/linux etc and an old habit is to start worrying and taking action on any system with 20% ( or less ) free space. As close as you are pushing your system it seems likely to do some unusual things nearing boundary conditions.
     
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    Yeah. Time to bite the bullet and get a nice sized backup drive- like a 2TB or so. What's the old line about how free space will inevitably draw more stuff to it until you're full up again rather quickly. I thought 128GB was a godsend from 80GB. Wrong! Now I have almost 80GB worth of music.

    I tried to keep 10% free, but nooooooooooooooo......
     
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    Lion stores interim TimeMachine backups in hidden space on your hard drive. In my case it chewed up 40G of my disk before I discovered it and disabled it.
     

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