Help! - Full Memory & Can't Delete Anything

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rumfitt, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. rumfitt macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2005

    I got so carried away downloading files that I have managed to use all my memory and now it won't even allow me to delete any files to free up the memory.

    Can anyone advise me what to do?

  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    Reboot the computer. Part of your hard drive is eaten away by VM shortly after a reboot; restarting the computer should give you a gig or two to work with. From there, you can get to deleting things.
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Get an external HD.

    And pron causes blindness :D
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    It's not memory that is full, it is the hard drive.

    #0 - Reboot
    #1 - Empty the Trash
    #2 - If you have any obvious files of your own you can delete, do that and empty trash.
    #3 - Open your web browser(s) and delete their caches or 'temporary internet files'
    #4 - Go to and download DeLocalizer. Run it and delete un-needed language resources. That should gain you another GB or so.

    Now -- get yourself an external drive and move your bunches of {whatever} to the external. Take the opportunity to install an OS on the external drive and some utilities, so you can boot from the external if you have trouble with your internal.

    Make backups. Get SuperDuper.

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