Private Folder in OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by londy1215, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. londy1215 macrumors newbie

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    I know there is an old thread about the private folder and a few other threads on the internet but I am still confused on why it is happening. People say is virtual memory being backed up or whatever but i don't how to stop the virtual memory from eating up all my HD space. I have a MBP 2.16 GHz core 2 duo with 2 gigs of ram with 120 gig HD. I have 56 gigs of free space when i boot up, but after 3 days of not downloading anything and only really using Safari and using iTunes, i now have 46 gigs. My computer countinues to run very slow as my HD space is taken up. Before, I wouldn't restart my computer for weeks and it would be fine but lately, it seems i need to restart every 2 days. Can anyone give guidance to my situation? Thanks.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Take a look at DiskInventory X, OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see where your HDD space went to.
    Also have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by Real Memory to see what the culprit may be.

    image below uses sorting by CPU as an example
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    Then also look at the "System Memory" tab in Activity Monitor and post what it says behind "Page ins", "Page outs" and "Swap used".
     
  3. londy1215 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Private folder

    Ok i will try it. Thank you. Is it normal for my mac to act this way though? I just don't get why all of a sudden I am needing to have to restart every other day rather then before, where I restarted every other week.
     

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