Disk full - Will not boot - OS X Mavericks

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rexy101, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. rexy101 macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013

    Similar problem here. My HDD is completely full (accidentally) and now it will not turn on at all, which makes sense as there is no room for anything. When I try to boot it up it just stays on the loading screen.

    Is there a way for me to delete some file say the trash so it can boot.

    Options that I have been think of:
    1. If I can get in to Terminal from Install Utility (if it has one?????), I then can empty the trash.
    2. Boot OS X from another HDD plugged in to it and then some how accessing the original HDD and deleting some files.

    Can someone confirm weather this is possible or anything I can do if at all. Unfortunately, if is my home computer which my wife is using and I am away so can not ticker and fix it. Or even pull the HDD out and plug it into another computer to delete some files.

  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Option 2 and the one in your last paragraph should work. You'd be able to access the troublesome drive easily either way.

    Option 1 depends on how much is in the trash.
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    I'd start with booting into single-user mode and empty the trash.
    This requires command of command-line, however.
    You should be able to do the same from Terminal booted from recovery partition as well.

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