MBP remaining disk space rapidly decreasing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kymac, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. kymac macrumors 6502a

    kymac

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    AHHH - two days ago the dreaded pop up appeared saying disk space was low.. i cleared out some files and opened up 20GB of free space. well the pop up appeared again a couple minutes ago. And I can visibly see it decreasing mb after mb.. wtf is going on? over 20 gigs lost in two days?
     
  2. Mr_Ed macrumors 6502

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    Stop the porn downloads running in the background :D

    Seriously though, what applications are active at the time? Are you sure someone isn't dropping files into a public folder of yours or anything like that?

    Run Activity Monitor and check "All Processes" and see which ones are eating up CPU time. I would expect if disk space is being eaten up, there is an active process doing the eating.
     
  3. kymac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no porn, and i'm running illustrator, photoshop, safari and itunes.. activity moitor only showed those programps, an mds something and a couple 'windowserver' things using cpu%
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Look at Activity Monitor to see if there's anything sucking up huge amounts of RAM, too. Download DiskInventoryX to see if there is a single huge file that shouldn't be there.

    Could be a runaway Safari cache, weren't there some problems with that? What version of Safari/OS X are you using?
     
  5. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    I use daisy disk to show me the files that are huge that need to go.

    The only thing I can think that would use this kind of space is a virtual machine that the space wasnt allocated for previously...
     
  6. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502

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    Could it be that all your apps are using more memory that your RAMs can provide and it's 'eating' into your HD space? Ii might not be the case if 20 gigs just disappeared but some photoshop and illustrator files are HUGE when open.
     
  7. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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  8. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Does it go downwhen not connected to the internet, or when first started? DaisyDIs very useful to check large files.
     
  9. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

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    Search for what files were modified for that day.
     

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