I keep losing HDD space! HALP!!

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  1. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    Okay. So, earlier today I saw I had a 104.25GB on my hard drive disk.

    I just now looked at it and it says 103.17GB.

    How did it do that? I didn't install any huge programs. I am torrenting, but I haven't downloaded a 1GB today. What gives!?
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Its probably something to do with virtual memory. It is unlikely to be an issue worth worrying about.
     
  3. iMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I don't want to loose hard drive space because of an application. Thats lame.
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    You should, nothing to worry about.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Turn your computer off, now, before it's too late, and you've lost it all!
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Wow, the same EXACT thing happened to me. The next time I looked, I was at 102.67GB, then 101.87 GB. Let me know if you find the solution.
     
  9. iMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll check tonight when I quit all my programs to see if it really is taking the virtual memory thing.
     
  10. iMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright. So I just closed Firefox (which took 678MB of virtual memory up) and nothing happened. My HDD space is still going down.


    I seriously want to know what is going on. I've lost an entire gig today and I have no idea how I lost it.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    1) Turn off torrents.
    2) Get WhatSize from www.versiontracker.com and find out what your largest files are. You could have a log file that is going rogue on you.
     
  12. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Vista always did that....are you running Vista!
     
  13. iMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope.

    Okay. I just quit iTunes and I stopp downloading (but still uploading) on my torrents. I just got my gig back.

    I'll try the whatsize thing. I will also start up iTunes and see what happens.
     
  14. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

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    If you are using HandBrake, that could be the culprit. I had 7 GB of space go missing because of it.

    Turned out i had some weird folder in hard drive/library/logs/console

    Check there.
     
  15. Coprolite macrumors member

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    If you are torrenting, the computer will allocate the full file size on the hard drive as soon as you start the download. Stopping the download won't change your free space at all.

    The easiest way to check if the disk space was eaten up by virtual memory is to restart the computer. Compare your free space before and after...

    While it is good to keep an eye on your free space, you don't have to be too paranoid. Don't worry until the space keeps going down continually, as may be the case when it comes to a runaway log file.

    :)
     
  16. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    If stopping the download won't help, then sounds like quitting iTunes did it. However, if you analyze stuff this closely you may be losing minutes off your life. :p
     
  17. ultimateceej macrumors regular

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    This is what happened. I know exactly what you are talking about it is nothing that you don't have control over.
     
  18. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Do a restart and see if the space goes back up?
     
  19. tmoney468 macrumors 6502

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    Azureus has an option not to allocate the full file size when downloading a torrent, so it only takes up the space that has been downloaded. I would check that out, I think they call it "Incremental File Creation" or something like that.
     
  20. iMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've been downloading that torrent for longer than two days (big file). So, I know that isn't the problem.

    As for the handbrake thing someone suggested to me, I didn't see a console folder inside my Library folder. Oh well. I'll wait and see if it happens again today.

    Right now it is at 104.1GB. Time to wait.
     
  21. iMacBook thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I have no job and aren't in college yet. So, oh well! lol:D
     
  22. zioxide macrumors 603

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    wow o_O


    on a side note, I wish I had over 100GB free on my laptop :/

    Even when I get my MBP and put the 250GB drive in there, I'll probably only have like 50 gigs free. :/
     
  23. alljunks macrumors regular

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    its the virtual space and other application taking up spaces.
     
  24. enklined macrumors 6502

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    I was going to make a new thread, but I might as well post it here...

    So I turn my BRAND NEW MBP on, and it says something like 145 gb total, 136 available.

    What the hell? Is the OSX taking up 15 gigs? And what about the 9 gigs between total and available - whats happening to that?
     
  25. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    No, Mac OS X is only about 4 gigs. The rest is iLife '08 (mostly) and iWork '08. It really shouldn't concern you too much at this point - you won't want to go and delete things if you don't know what they are just yet.
     

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