HAving Memory and Startup Disk Issues

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Flat7, May 17, 2010.

  1. Flat7 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    I am an audio engineer/producer/DJ and musician so naturally mac is the way to go. I have been very please except for one thing. I have had my Macbook Pro for months now, but literally three weeks into owning it I got a warning that my Startup disk was full and need to have some things deleted.

    I have other hardrives that I store most of my Projects and music on so I cannot seem to figure out how this thing keeps filling up! MY roommate has MUCH MUCH more media on his MAcbook pro and his is the lower model and is nowhere near full.

    I have tried several things as this has been an issue for months and am at the end of my rope here before taking it in somewhere and getting that overpriced "professional" help.
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Well, the first thing to do is figure out what, exactly, is eating up the space.

    I'm assuming it's not something simple like a very large audio install with huge instrument sample files or something similar. The most likely culprit for a drive filling up with no apparent reason is runaway log files--something that you've installed is writing thousands of error or status messages to the system log, which can result in a full system drive relatively quickly. I've had this happen to me with things as apparently innocuous as Microsoft's Silverlight browser plug-in.

    Regardless, download and run a program that helps you identify what's using up space on the drive and post the results here. There are several, some of which are free; this article reviews a few:


    ...and there's also JDiskReport:

    ...and Disk Inventory X:

    ...both of which are free. Disk Inventory X is old, but I just downloaded to test and it seems to still work fine.

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