Hard Drive Question...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by The.Mac, May 10, 2014.

  1. The.Mac, May 10, 2014
    Last edited: May 10, 2014

    The.Mac macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2014
    West Coast

    I have a 1 TB hard drive inside of my 2008 Mac Pro. Almost all of it is free; however, I just tried to download a software and do a Mavericks update, and I'm getting the same message that states I don't have enough hard disk space. Any thoughts on what this can be? I double-clicked on that HD and clicked "Get Info," and there's hardly anything used up. I did transfer a bunch of movie, music, documents, and pictures from my Time Capsule and previous Mac Mini, but according to this 1TB HD, I still have room to store much, much more, and it is nowhere close to full. There's also a 2nd 500GB hard drive, but that's not been used, but just to be sure, I double-checked, and it has more more (percentage-wise) than the 1TB.


    Edit: Here is the exact message: Your startup disk is almost full. You need to make more space available on your startup disk by deleting files.

    I don't have anything called Macintosh HD on this Mac Pro, either.

    Thank you.
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    From what you're saying, it's rather unlikely that this is the cause, but try emptying your trash.
  3. OS6-OSX macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2004
    3 Disks to have in your toolbox:
    Drive Genius
    Techtool Pro
    Original OS disk

    Keeping you boot drive tuned always helps.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Do you have Time Machine turned on? Time Machines stores files in a hidden folder as part of its local snapshots and that can take up space. Try turning Time Machine off then back on again and wait a couple minutes... that will erase the local snapshots and free up the space.

    If that does not work for you, run the command below in Terminal and post up the output so we can take a look. This command will show the base folders and their size in GB.

    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
  5. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    The OPs post is far to vague, IMHO, to make a good recommendation. No where does he state the 1TB drive is his boot drive. And he speaks in generalities and never gives quantitative numbers. Again, IMO, this is the classic way of how NOT to ask a question to solve a problem.


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