Out of Disk Space... Fluctuating between 2.75 GB and 150 GB free... Freezing

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  1. Fimeg, Aug 5, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014

    Fimeg macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2013
    Today I continued on to the next developer preview and it is great. Much faster...etc, you all know.

    Anyway, in the last two hours I've had a weird problem where my 2012 rMBP would hang, produce a Beachball, and freeze. The cursor would still move, but even after 20 minutes I had no obvious signs of returning from beyond... So I forced the computer to shut off, rebooted and was confronted with the error that I was running out of disk space. I checked and saw that I only had 2GB of space... Which was weird since I had about 150GB earlier today. I remembered reading a thread on here a few weeks back about something similar and went ahead a repaired disk permissions expecting to find some small glitch and return to normal operation. It did... for about 3 minutes.

    Used Internet Recovery to repair disk; repaired permissions again; found I had 150GB free, then few minutes later it warned about disk space again; used GrandPerspective to view all files to locate a runaway log file - nope...

    Is this a symptom of a failing SSD? I'm going to backup and restore to Mavericks tomorrow just to test this theory. Shout out to Carbon Copy Cloner for making it easy.

    Thought? Thanks.

    P.S. Just happened again.. posting now!

    Edit Just performed the same routine... Laptop crashed, etc. However, I noticed Kernal Task has written 10GB in the past 10 minutes... In Activity Monitor what is normal under Disk?

    #2 Edit:
    See this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1IUU_bsWrc&list=UUOHNCIJhS-5_e6zuDhTTlGA
    Notice the Finder Status bar under Activity Monitor, when it gets low in space, the computer freezes. Thus far I removed about 40GB of things I knew I had a backup of. I'll Firewire Target disk mode backup everything else tomorrow. Thanks again!
  2. Mafteah macrumors newbie


    Oct 26, 2009
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    We are facing the same problem with a 2012 MBA, are you have any fix?
    Trying to reinstall full DP5 from the MAS.
  3. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    I can confirm this as well. Had 8GB available on its own partition prior to the upgrade to DP5. Did the update, and had a little over 7.5GB. Now I'm at 3GB and it's getting chewed up pretty steadily.

    Seems like a pretty good size bug to me!? :eek:

    That, and mail crashing consistently too.
  4. yansun macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2010
    Same happend to me with the public beta. Down from 25 GB to 6 MB... :D
  5. Fimeg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2013
    On mine, the amount of disk space available is going up and down within seconds. Is this happening to you as well, or just missing disk space? You should also try GrandPerspective to see if you can find a big file somewhere.
  6. yansun macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2010
    I happend to me twice. Every time disc space dissappeard until the "out of space" error. Then the system crashed and I had to reboot. After reboot all was back to normal.

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