Hard drive is full

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tytbody, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. tytbody macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    4 seasons
    Hi all, I don't know what topic to put this and if this is not the place, please show me.

    already I'm having a problem with something Ive not had happen before so , this may not be the place to get the best help.
    this is what my computer is now showing me once in a while.

    what do I do to fix this?
    hum.. can't get a screen shot of what it says but this is what it says.

    *your start up disk is almost full*

    you need to make space. how, where? I've never done that before. Please help.
  2. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Delete stuff you no longer need or buy a bigger hard drive.

  3. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Or get an external.
  4. tytbody thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    4 seasons
    man I thought I could do a defrag like we did when we had pcs. or something. that means I must have too many pictures cause there is not a lot else going on.
  5. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    Defragmentation doesn't technically free up space, it reorganises a broken file system.
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    You could try CCleaner, but a lot of the space that will free up are caches that will just get full again anyway... Go through your applications folder and delete anything you won't use again, and maybe put some of your media on an external HDD.

    How big is your HDD, by the way?
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    As others posted you have 3 options

    1. Delete files/folders that you no longer need.
    2. Upgrade your internal storage - this may not be financially feasible depending on the model of MBP, i.e., rMBP
    3. Get an external drive, either a DAS or a NAS

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