Mac OS X startup disk full

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mcooke, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. mcooke macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    #1
    I keep getting this error message and its making my computer run so slow. It is frozen at the moment I will try and restart it but I have read that it is probably my mail taking up all this space. I need to do this (however I do this..)

    delete OfflineCache" at: "~/Library/Mail/(your email address here)/.OfflineCache
    delete "Recovered Files" Mailbox folder at "~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes/Recovered Messages (your email address here).mbox

    Am I suppose to type this in the search bar or what?? I may be sounding stupid here but I just want my computer to be normal again.
    Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #2
    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.
     
  3. mcooke thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    #3
    I just wish I knew why it keeps saying this. I have 39.9 GB Free out of 119.2 GB
    just downloaded will come back in a few.
    Seems to be a lot of stuff on here that I have no idea what it means. I just want to get rid of the thousands of emails that are being saved in this hidden place.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #4
    All I can offer you is two pieces of advice.

    First make sure you have a good backup before deleting anything. More often then not, when people start cleaning up, they get a bit zealous and remove too much.

    Secondly, if you don't know what it is, then don't delete it. This pertains to any root folder or anything in the ~/Library (or /Library).
     
  5. mcooke thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Location:
    Midwest, USA
    #5
    All I ever back up is my music and my pictures. Just brought my MBP into the apple store because it was having problems. They wiped out the whole thing and all I put back on it was music and pictures. Which is only 38.1 GB all together. So why is it still full? Really don't wanna drive 4 hours again to the apple store.
     
  6. raptor402 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2011
    #6
    Hey,

    Download Disk Inventory X. It's a wonderful tool that will graphically display your disk usage. I don't know how it compares to the previously recommended Omni Disk Sweeper, but I find the utility to be ideal for finding those phantom space eating files.

    Regards
    Raptor
     

Share This Page