Missing hard drive space no sl dvd

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by onedaysnotice, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. onedaysnotice macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    I already posted this on Mac-forums.com but nobody is answering so I thought I'd post it on here too :)

    25gig just disappeared from my Startup disk partition after using Submerge to render some subtitles. I used omnidisksweeper to find where it all went and voila it was all in the var folder. I've tried clearing the cache with Onyx, restarting won't clear it, I've repaired the disk permissions, and Onyx says that I need to repair my disk but I have no Snow Leopard disk to repair my disk with.

    What can I do? It's a 2009 model macbook running Snow Leopard and I have two partitions - Macintosh HD and DATA. Macintosh HD is my startup disk with a capacity of 50gb and DATA 200gb. Macintosh HD is slowly eating space even now and currently has 855mb left. Damn you Submerge....

    I have a Leopard disk though (can i use that? o_O)... and my bros also have macbooks if you wanted to know... Can I just delete the offending file(s) from the var folder and not the entire folder? The DATA drive does not appear on the menu on Startup disks. I've checked Activity Monitor and nothing looks suspicious. Google Chrome (The only application I'm using right now other than Finder and Activity Monitor) is using up the most CPU on average but still uses little :/. Nothing explains why my disk is still eating itself..

    I think I've said all the information I can think of right now. Help me quick plz...

    I'm thinking of using applejack but I'm scared that it might screw something up. Can anyone confirm that it is safe to use on Snow Leopard? And if I can use the Leopard disk, will it be safer? I have no antivirus software installed btw....
  2. onedaysnotice thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Ran applejack. It says everything was successful. There is still 900+mb only remaining on my hard drive. So, I took a peek at the var folder and found a tmp folder thats 21.7 gig and filled with movie files. Is it safe to delete? o_O

    Gonna run applejack again after this and delete the safe sleep image. that should free at least 2gig. It's safe right? Applejack is asking if i want to delete it. I've googled around and from what i read, the OS will just create a new one after?
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    DO NOT delete the var folder (or the tmp folder). However, it should be safe to individually delete the movie files inside it.
  4. onedaysnotice thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    :O Really? Thanks a bunch! :D

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