losing memory

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by insomniac321123, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. insomniac321123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    I have recently been losing hard drive space, and I dont know where it is going. I remember hearing about an app that graphically shows where all the space is being used. Does anyone know the name of it?

  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Sometimes a runaway log file will start taking up hard drive space. These can generally be safely deleted...you can look into the reason if you want, but it's usually more trouble than it's worth unless it happens multiple times.

    Good programs for looking for big files/folders are WhatSize and OmniDiskSweeper.
  3. needlnerdz macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2006
    what programs are you using?

    Just curious what sort of software you might be using... and does the harddrive space still appear to be gone after a restart? If you are using photoshop, or anyother pro graphic program- it is very likely the scratch disk is being used up... sorry if you know all about this, but just incase- photoshop among others uses the harddrive to keep itself running, and when holding large images in the clipboard, it will take up harddrive space to sort of temp store the info.. almost like virtual ram..- anyways if working on big files in the program for over an hour, your harddrive will quickly dwindle.. and from my experience, even when quiting PS it still appears to be gone.. yet when you restart the comp- presto its back. If you have multiple harddrives, its always best to set an external HD as the scratch disk.. as back in my ibook with a 10gb harddrive days- i crashed the computer and all of my dock/mail settings multiple times from allowing photoshop to essentially eat ALL of my harddrive - no prefs could be saved.. and lost their settings- it was SOOOO anoying... so always make sure you have a couple gigs available on the scratch disk being used (primarily when its the startup disk)- and if you are not using any of those pro apps... then i got nothing.. hope that helps
  4. insomniac321123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
    Im not using any of those pro apps. I am reletively new to macs.

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