Sudden loss of GB

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  1. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816

    MacDonaldsd

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    I had approx 19 GB of free space on my harddrive last time I checked (about 2 days ago) then a warning comes up that my start up desk is nearly full. So I checked how much space was left said it was less than 500mb. I restarted hoping this would solve the problem but it hasnt. It says I have 1GB free.

    Any ideas ?

    Mac OS 10.4.4

    PowerBook G4 1.33 GHZ
     
  2. Sogo macrumors 6502

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    Hmm, sounds odd...

    Try whatsize and see where all your hardrive space has gone.
     
  3. MacDonaldsd thread starter macrumors 65816

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    /private/var

    After using what size the file path /private/var
    says it is 17GB is this normal
     
  4. Sogo macrumors 6502

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    what is the path into private? also, is the 17 gb being eaten by 1 big file or a folder with a bunch of files? Is that a folder that you have made? like using some p2p or possibly a bittorrent file?

    Edit: meant to say p2p not pvp. DAMN YOU WARCRAFT!
     
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  6. Sogo macrumors 6502

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    Well, hmm....

    the file path usually starts as:

    name of hardrive>>user>>user name>> ( in this folder you have your movie folder, music folder, documents and a bunch of other folders)
     
  7. Sogo macrumors 6502

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    Well to be honest with you, I dont have a private/var folder. so I would say that its not normal, but then again im just 1 person.
     
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    Your /private/var should not be that big, mine's only 165 MB! The virtual memory file is stored in there, how much RAM do you have?
     
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    You should have a ~/private/var directory or folder. It's where the OS stores a lot of data for spooling, temporary files, and some application data. It's also where the virtual memory swapfile is located.

    It is NOT SAFE to simply remove these files.

    Where exactly is the 17GB file? What's it called?
     
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    yellow

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    I know BearRanger meant to omit the ~
     
  13. BearRanger macrumors member

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    You're right, I did. Sorry about that. :)
     
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  15. MacDonaldsd thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What do i do ?

    If i cant just delete what do i do
     
  16. MacDonaldsd thread starter macrumors 65816

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    its tmp

    the folder tmp in the folder var is the problem it 16.9 GB
     
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  18. MacDonaldsd thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I deleted one file

    there was 1 file taken all that space up so i deleted it, and everything seems ok
     

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