running out of memory...not sure why

Discussion in 'macOS' started by homer00799, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. homer00799 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    Hey guys, I'm new here, so im not too sure where i could find a thread about this. if there is one already, please post a link.
    I have a 2006 17" 2.33 ghz macbook pro, with 142 gigs of memory. About 2 weeks ago, i somehow was down to my last 12 gigs of memory. after removing as much as i can, i still only have 31 gigs free. ive checked all my folders, and i cant figure out whats hogging all my memory. is there some software i can use to find out the source, or any solution would be great. thanks a lot.
  2. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Sounds like you've confused memory and storage space.

    At any rate, my bet is that you've got podcasts or some other form of regularly-added content taking up your disk space.
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    If you started creating iLife content recently, burning DVDs and such-like, it could be the encoded MPEG2 content made by iDVD during the burning process. Open each iDVD project one at a time and delete the encoded assets from the Advanced menu. Also see if you can't shift your iTunes or iPhoto libraries to an external drive, they usually make up the biggest percentage of drive space used on most system's I've seen.
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Take a look at you hard drive's contents graphically using either/both of these free utilities- GrandPerspective or Disk Inventory X as they will make short work of being able to see what the largest files stored on your drive are to start with.

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