Houston, we have a problem!!!

Prof.

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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
 

hankolerd

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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:
 
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WildCowboy

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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.
 
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Prof.

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

Can you help me in doing this???

What's the first step?
 
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hankolerd

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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:
 
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Eidorian

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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:
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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hankolerd

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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:
 
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gr8tfly

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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:
Put it in quotes: %cd "Mac OSX"
 
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