Hard drive issues, possible virus?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mudkipz, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. mudkipz macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.

    My 2009 MacBook claims that its hard drive is completely full.

    I deleted software, movies, hundreds of hours of music and thousands of photos from the drive to make room. I emptied the trash. But it still says its completely full.

    I bought a new 2TB external today, but the MacBook also thinks that it is completely full.

    Preview no longer opens photos or pdfs.

    iTunes won't open. Error 13014 occurs.

    I am occasionally prompted to force quit some of the programs that I'm running because the hard drive is full.

    I'd love to download a program to figure out what is going on with my disk, but given that the drive is "full", I cannot download anything.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a

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    Try verifying/repairing permissions on the drive with disk utility.
     
  3. mudkipz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've already tried that, 42streetsdown. No problems were found.
     
  4. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a

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    reinstall the OS then I guess. Have you done any major messing with the system files?
     
  5. mudkipz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know nothing about programing. I can't imagine having ever messed with anything even remotely important.

    I DJ, so I have a lot of music on the drive. I'd rather not lose it all. Won't reinstalling the OS do that?
     
  6. mudkipz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't realize that the external hard drive needed to be reformatted. I'm doing that now as shown by this video.

    http://vimeo.com/7539772

    If it doesn't still work after that, I'll let you know. Thanks for the help.
     
  7. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
     
  9. eljanitor macrumors 6502

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    10-15% free space needed always or OSX has issues. It's not a virus, sound like a corrupted master boot sector possibly. Sounds like it may need some software repairs. or a clean Install of the OS, if you don't know how to do that stuff.
     

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