"Root Directory?"-Start up disk full

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tpardee3, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. tpardee3 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    A message keeps telling my my start up disk is full. I went in and cleared all pictures, movies and docs that weren't necessary. The message still persists even after emptying my trash etc. Someone said I could weed out the large files by viewing them in the "root directory". I was wondering where I could access that. Thanks!

  2. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I just fixed someone's mac that had the exact same issue.

    He had taken the same actions as you but no results.

    Fix: Download Ommi Disk Sweeper (free application.)

    Install and run it. It will show which folders are taking all the space. You can drill down into individual folders. I strongly recommend only deleting stuff in your User folder - HD / Users / [your user name].

    Deleting anything outside this path can screw up your mac if you don't know what you're doing.

    In my friend's case, he had over 30 GB of downloaded films in his iTunes library that iTunes wasn't telling him about.
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    You may also want to give Disk Utility a run. Verify/Repair Disk should be able to identify if there is an issue with the file structure which is falsely reporting the available space.
  4. tpardee3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    THANK YOU SO MUCH. worked beautifully.


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