Hard drive space keeps vanishing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by i-sidd, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. i-sidd macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    Hi I have macbook running 10.6.6 , i have almost 10gb space left on my hd. But I tried opening an embeded divx movies from a site and I have noticed that my hard drive space goes down to 1 or 2 gb while trying to play the movie. I shut down or restart and everything is back to normal.

    Why is this happening? any ideas, how can i stop this.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Take a look at DiskInventory X, OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see where your HDD space went to.

    Btw, it is recommenced to have at least 10% of the HDD's capacity unused.
    You might have experienced some swapping of RAM, which takes away HDD capacity, due to the RAM copying content onto the HDD.
  3. i-sidd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    Why is that when I restart I get all the hard drive space back again. where does it go when trying to play a divx movie online, is it the buffering that taking up the space temporarily? why does not it release the space after i close the browser and only releases it after a restart.

    Please suggest.... Ohh I am using firefox

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