Houston, we have a problem!!!

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I have a BIG problem.

    As I sit here typing on my MacBook, I'm am looking at my HD losing memory. In the last 20 minutes, My hard drive went from 86GB to 85.52 GB. I am literally sitting here watching my HD getting smaller an smaller in real time. It now says 85.49GB.

    Believe it or not, I didn't download anything today. What could be doing this?


    UPDATE:

    It now reads 85.48GB
     
  2. hankolerd macrumors 6502

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    I will be keeping an eye on this, my sisters powerbook has been doing the same thing...question, do you have file vault turned on? she turned it on on her computer, and that is the only thing I have been able to think of that would do it. She always just restarts her computer when she gets down to about 1Gb remaining, since she should have about 25-30 usually.:apple:
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It could be a runaway log file. Try running WhatSize, OmniDiskSweeper, or Disk Inventory X to see if you can find a large log file (windowserver is a common one).

    If you find one, you're probably safe just deleting it. If it happens again, then it's time to investigate what's causing it. Generally not worth it for one-off events though.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have a feeling it's a log file or the swap files.
     
  5. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    I know computers, but I don't KNOW computers.

    Can you help me in doing this???

    What's the first step?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Those programs will scan the hard drive and show the file disk usage and distribution.
     
  7. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    What am I looking for???
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    To be honest I think you're worried about swap space.

    Look for large files. (~256-512 MB)

    They're probably in /var.
     
  9. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    When i had a Sony and Vista had the same problem......
     
  10. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    There is nothing specific that could be causing this?
     
  11. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    This is what I see!
     

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  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    How much RAM do you have?

    Are there any outstanding files of large size?

    My mistake in my lack of sleep.

    It's /private/var/tmp.
     
  13. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    I have one GB of RAM

    As for your second question, I have no idea what you mean. Sorry :eek:
     
  14. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    Do you see anything unusual?
     

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  15. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Were you able to find any out of place large files?

    Nope
     
  16. hankolerd macrumors 6502

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    how do you see private folders??(like in windows how you can say 'show private'...or whatever it is) Is there a way to do that in OS X?? I have always wondered this. But never worried about it, but now I am curious.:apple:
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    1. Terminal
    2. Finder -> Command + Shift + G and then type in /private/var/tmp

    I had tab completion working in Tiger... :(
     
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  19. hankolerd macrumors 6502

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    through terminal is there a way to access folders with spaces in them?
    for example.
    I Leopard partition is named Mac OSX
    When I try to get to this in terminal I find the root folder(volumes)
    and hit ls
    Mac OSX Untitled
    appears
    i say cd Mac OSX
    -bash: cd: Mac: No such file or directory
    -bash: OSX: command not found
    and that is what i get..is there a way to do it?:apple:
     
  20. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You'd type:
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    cd Mac\ OSX
     
  21. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm too lazy to use "\ ".

    Tab completion. :cool:
     
  22. hankolerd macrumors 6502

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    Awesome! Thanks guys. Sorry for jacking the thread!!!:apple:
     
  23. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm more then happy to dish out terminal knowledge. :p
     
  24. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Put it in quotes: %cd "Mac OSX"
     

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