I have to fix Macbook for some one

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nec207, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. nec207 macrumors 6502

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    I'm trying to fix 5 year old Macbook for some one .The problem is hard-drive space used up but the person has very little pictures ,music and work on the computer.

    Some how only 7GB free of the 80GB hard-drive.

    There is a similar thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=672477


    Thread never got resolved.

    well normally when I'm trying fix the same problem on PC running windows it is do to.

    1.Bad sector
    2.swap file /page file
    3.hidden OS system support files
    4.malware
    5.windows files to keep OS running and windows needs lots of files and I mean lots, lots and lots of files!!!

    But do not have that much experience here. What could the problem be.
     
  2. Satori macrumors 6502a

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    I would try emptying all of the caches first (I once reclaimed 50 gb doing this!). There are freeware tools such as Onyx that will do this for you.

    You could also use a tool like diskinventory to identify any large swap files that might be hanging around.
     
  3. msjones macrumors 6502

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    I too second onyx. It's a great app for clearing out caches, logs, checking disks and tweaking some of OS X features.
     
  4. nec207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What are the logs for ?

    The library folder is big GB :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  5. vincenz macrumors 601

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  6. msjones macrumors 6502

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    Most applications will have a log which will record errors and other information. It would be worth clearing out to see if you can gain some space :)
     
  7. nec207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Where is the log located and how big can the logs get over time for a computer 5 years old.
     
  8. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Open the Console.app in the Utilities folder. Bring up the context menu on each log listed on the left hand side and hit Reveal in Finder. It is perfectly safe to delete them all. Yes those logs will get MASSIVE. Afterward you should empty the Trash.
     
  9. nec207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay !!

    But do you think after 5 years of use it be more 15 GB the logs?
     
  10. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Well, to put that into perspective, the last time I purged my log files, they all together added up to about 3GB...and that was after about 6 months...
     
  11. msjones macrumors 6502

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    If they haven't been purged at all in over 5 years I'd say 15gb is probably a minimum!
     

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