Hard disk keeps filling up

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yus0f, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. yus0f macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    Good morning.

    Im a mac user but not totally techy. About a week ago, my hard disk keeps on filling up. i had a scenario once that i only have 1GB left of disk space when suddenly an error popped up saying "You dont have enough disk space" while streaming anime. I checked my disk space and it said 23mb left. i wondered how it happened. i checked out some threads with the same problem like this one http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=864202 and i followed the fixes there. but it didn't really fix the problem, disk space still keeps on filling up. now i went to my /private folder and have 4 folders there, a folder named "var" is 5.68gb, inside var is another folder named "vm" and its 4.36 GB and inside vm is the sleepimage which is 4.36gb. i checked activity monitor while im streaming anime and noticed that the shockwave player in firefox is going 1.07gb and continues to go up.

    please help me, ive erased some files already and i have 8gb space. but keeps on dropping. i hope you can give me some fixes. thanks

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion storage tab is about, this may help explain:
    For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
    Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
  3. yus0f thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    im sorry, im using 10.6.4

    and ive also noticed that the folder "var" in the /private is gaining size. i mean the size of the folder continously goes up. inside var folder is a subfolder named "vm", inside vm is the sleepimage file, then "swapfile00" "swapfile01" and keeps on gaining size. i dont know why these swapfile files are eating my disk space.

    i tried to restart the pc and when it came up, i checked the VM folder, only sleepimage file is there. and the disk space is back to the real size.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's because you're exceeding your RAM and paging to disk. Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes", then click on the CPU column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top). Also, click on the System Memory tab at the bottom. Then take a screen shot, scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot and post them.

    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
  5. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Why 10.6.4? A reason you haven't gone to 10.6.8?

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