Hard Disk Full? Had 38G left two hours ago - and done nothing?

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  1. masterell macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    2 hours ago I (secure) deleted a whole bunch of stuff off my macbook and emptied the trash. I went from 35GB free to 37GB free. I left me room to come back two hours later to a message saying 'Startup disk nearly full', and having checked my disk, I now have zero KB left.

    How has this happened considering I haven't installed anything new?

    What should I do?

    All help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. magiic macrumors regular

    magiic

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    Mirroring folders on two seperate drives connected to an AEBS

    Gnomes?
     
  3. masterell thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just rebooted - didn't make any difference...
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    Would this problem be caused by a corrupt swap file on your mac?

    Normally if the space is needed then OSX is great at freeing it up off the hard drive.:confused:
     
  5. sammich macrumors 601

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    Get Info on these folders below:

    /Library/Logs/
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Logs

    Just a hunch.
     
  6. masterell thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Logs folders are 3MB and 36MB...

    As far as a corrupt swap file, how would I find out whether this is the case or not, and what can I do if it is?
     
  7. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Check some of the hidden folders on your Mac.

    I'd try /tmp.
     
  8. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    First get this and scan your system!
    http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/

    Find whats crappy big and try to pinpoint the location.. if its in System Folder then:
    Repair Disk and Permissions from the Startup Disk!!
     
  9. sammich macrumors 601

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  10. masterell thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ahhh thanks so much guys..I did what Apple Inc suggested, and all these unnecessary files were revealed. I just deleted them and its freed up 50GB

    Thank you for all the help guys!
     
  11. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Yeesh.. its Ink. LOL

    Nice to be of help!:)
     

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