Mysterious Shrinking HD

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by crashtd, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. crashtd macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2003
    Santa Barbara
    Running Panther server...and my system drive is shrinking in available size. I had 5gigs free after i installed.

    This morning it had 300mb. I added up all the files on the disk and i should have about 5gig free!

    But the system seems to be eating 100megs every couple hours or so, i'm totally i can HD repair, nothing came up.

    I thought maybe rebuilding the desktop file?

    any thoughts folks?

  2. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    There is no Desktop File like there is in Mac OS 9.

    At first I thought it may be the Swap File (aka Virtual Memory), but I couldn't imagine it being 5 GB! So I don't think thats it.

    I would check out the Hidden Files in your system and see if anything(s) are eating up your HDD.

    Also, I would check out the Activity Monitor (located in: Applications/Utilities) and see if anything is using a lot of RAM, CPU, etc... If so that could be it.

    If you have another HDD you could try and install OS X Server on that and see if it does the same thing, or you could re-install Mac OS X Server (LAST RESORT!!!) If the problem still persists then it maybe that your HDD is going bad.

    Good Luck!
  3. visor macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2003
    in bed
    try du

    du - short for disk usage can help finding extreme diskspace hogs.

    just open the terminal and type
    for further details try
    man du
    have fun
  4. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    i think that might have something to do with FileVault. are you using FileVault?

    the latest OS X update fixes the problems with filevault. i don't really know what's happening with your comp, but all i can suggest is that you download the latest updates.

    good luck.

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