Is my hard drive dying?

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  1. natatos macrumors regular

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    last week I was at 180 some GB yesterday I was at 170 some and now I'm at 166. Is it dying or what's happing to the memory on my hard disk? Can I get a new one with leopard all ready installed, and how much would that cost me? I do backup my hard drive so if I do need to get a new one I'd still have my files.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    No. Dying hard drives don't behave like that.

    It could be a runaway log file. Try using OmniDiskSweeper to figure out where all of the space is going.
     
  3. natatos thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm seriusly concerned though cause I'm losing memory every 10 minutes.
     
  4. Meek Wriggle macrumors member

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    Sounds like some program you're running has a serious bug. If you can't find the program you might have to consider a re-installing Mac OS (as in a complete fresh install).
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Do you want to find out why or don't you? Try our suggestions and see what you come up with. Once we know what the problem is, we can fix it.

    Don't worry about running out of hard drive space while we're sorting this out. It would take a few months to fill up at the rate it's going now, and if the drive fills up it's not the end of the world.

    That's a bit premature. I doubt it will come to that. Welcome to MacRumors, by the way. :)
     
  6. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Your not losing memory. Hard drive space is storage space, not memory. Totally different.
     
  7. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Open the Console application (its in the >Applications>Utilities folder) and see if you can find anything in there. Perhaps you have an erroneous process that is writing a huge log file.

    As surflordca stated Hard disk space and RAM are two different things.
     
  8. natatos thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know I just call hard drive space memory, its easier for me to remember.
     
  9. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    And more difficult for people to help you if they don't know what you are talking about... :p
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    And I call my head a potato. Works fine until I go to the doctor.
     
  11. lindahl22 macrumors member

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    Okay your hard drive's space is being altered. Now are you losing files, or gaining files, because "losing memory" is very unclear? Is your hard drive gaining free space or losing free space?
     
  12. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Neither. He don't know if his memory is coming or going :D
     
  13. natatos thread starter macrumors regular

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    Exactly I'm not losing or gaining. And to every one telling me to not call HD space memory then I'll stop I don't ask stuff like this that often.
     

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