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Mac memory issues

Cyrid

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Sep 27, 2011
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My Mac 10.5.8 has 149 gigs of memory. I currently have 7 gigs used. However, I am getting a system message that says I am out of memory. When I look at my hardrive, it confirms that 149 gigs are used. But when i look at each folder in the hardrive and add up the gigs, it only comes to 7 gigs. There are no other volumes in the Mac. The only thing that is mounted on the MAc is a 2.7 tb storage volume which should have nothing to do with the hard drive. Any advice on what is going on here?
 

GGJstudios

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My Mac 10.5.8 has 149 gigs of memory. I currently have 7 gigs used. However, I am getting a system message that says I am out of memory. When I look at my hardrive, it confirms that 149 gigs are used. But when i look at each folder in the hardrive and add up the gigs, it only comes to 7 gigs. There are no other volumes in the Mac. The only thing that is mounted on the MAc is a 2.7 tb storage volume which should have nothing to do with the hard drive. Any advice on what is going on here?
You mean you have 149GB of disk storage space, not memory, which is RAM.

For space issues, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply[/B]:
  • Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.

  • For Time Machine users on notebooks running Lion, space may being consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled.
    OS X: About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs

  • Check to see if some of the space is being used by your sleepimage file.

  • Check the System Memory tab in Activity Monitor to check page outs and swap used. If swap used is significant, restart your computer and track that value under your normal workload. If you have significant page outs under normal use, you could benefit from more RAM.

  • Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
    https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=316547&d=1324232637​
  • Use OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report, Disk Inventory X, DaisyDisk or GrandPerspective to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.

  • Check your drive with Disk Utility: Using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks

  • Try re-indexing your drive: Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
Freeing up space in Mac OS X

How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
 
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Cyrid

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 27, 2011
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Thanks for your reply. Not much luck though. Tried Sleepimage, activity monitor, verify/repair disk, re-indexing and a few other that applied. Can't download Omnidisksweeper because I have no more storage left to download anything. I have been through every folder and can't find anything out of the ordinary or large enough to be causing this. Right now I'm dead in the water with his server. Any additional suggestions would be appreciated.

You mean you have 149GB of disk storage space, not memory, which is RAM.

For space issues, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply[/B]:
  • Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.

  • For Time Machine users on notebooks running Lion, space may being consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled.
    OS X: About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs

  • Check to see if some of the space is being used by your sleepimage file.

  • Check the System Memory tab in Activity Monitor to check page outs and swap used. If swap used is significant, restart your computer and track that value under your normal workload. If you have significant page outs under normal use, you could benefit from more RAM.

  • Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
    https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=316547&d=1324232637​
  • Use OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report, Disk Inventory X, DaisyDisk or GrandPerspective to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.

  • Check your drive with Disk Utility: Using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks

  • Try re-indexing your drive: Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
Freeing up space in Mac OS X

How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
 
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smirk

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Jul 18, 2002
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GGJstudios is right on. You need to find out what is filling up your drive -- that's paramount.

JDiskReport is a Java program; I don't think you need to run an installer for it to work. So download it to an external drive or flash drive and run it from there. Find out what is taking up all the space.
 
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