Hard drive space always changing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Roofy., Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Roofy. macrumors 6502a

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    I noticed that my mac mini is always saying a different amount of hard drive space is left. For instance just now I deleted a screen saver I didn't want. It went from 36.7 gigs left to 35.7 gigs left after the delete. There is NO way the screen saver is over one gig.
     
  2. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Roofy

    How old is the machine? How much has it been used?

    In my experience, if an HD begins to lose the ability to know what its capacity is, it may be beginning to die.
     
  3. Roofy. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Roofy

    Ah. Good find.

    Probably want to enact S.M.A.R.T. on the HD just in case...
     
  5. Roofy. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Whats SMART? How do I do that?

    edit: NVM I figured out how to do it. the SMART status says im verified. Im in the clear.
     
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  7. matperk macrumors 6502

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    Sometimes it can just be temp files that get deleted on reboot or sleep image size changes (for when you sleep the machine). I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  8. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    That means absolutely nothing.

    Use SMART Utility; http://www.volitans-software.com/products.php

    Whether your hard drive is failing or not, it has nothing to do with it.
     

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