Clearing Disk Space and Movies not deleting

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  1. Mozzalicious, Jun 1, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013

    Mozzalicious macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2012
    So, I edit videos in iMovie to upload to Youtube and when I go to share it to Youtube, I always get a message like "We can't upload this, your disk is full, try cleaning it up". So I go to delete a ton of videos, pdfs, etc from my computer (put them in trash and hit empty) and it doesn't help.

    So, following a tutorial on Youtube, I went to my Macintosh HD and searched for movies and found the same movies I had already deleted off of my computer (so I thought) and then I use command + delete on them and they're in the trash. But when I try to empy trash it says the movies are in use and can't be deleted.

    So, I downloaded a program to let me look at exactly what's taking up all my space and of the 112 GB on my Macintosh, 48 or some such is Quicktime (the movies). It also says there is space left on my disk even though iMovie doesn't think so >.>

    How do I actually delete these movies/stop them being "in use" and is there a way to make less space be taken up by a video (like 1.5 GB original, sometimes there's a copy of it for no reason, and an iMovie version of like 2 GB)?

    All help is greatly appreciated :)
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    My suggestions:

    1. Buy an external drive and start "off-loading" files from your internal until you have about 20% free space, then…

    2. Use a disk "defragmenter/optimizer" to clean up your hard drive. This will re-arrange all your files into one contiguous grouping, and create a large area of free space "behind" the files so that a large file (such as a "1.5gb original") can be saved in contiguous format.
  3. Mozzalicious thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2012
    That sounds like a good idea, how much do external drives cost usually?

    And I don't know what a contiguous group is, but if it works lol

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