Running out of space on start up disc - recovered on reboot

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by myotis, May 28, 2009.

  1. myotis macrumors member

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    On my Macbook Pro (Tiger) I suddenly got an error message about running out of space on the start up disc (woking on a word 2008 document). Checking suggested I had only 124MB left.

    A couple of days earlier I had 60gb free. Deleting a few gb of programs reduced the space to zero!!

    I couldn't work out were the space was being used but as most programs were now refusing to work. I just shut down.

    On switching back on, the HD space had come back and I had my 60gb of free space back.

    Has anyone any idea what migh have happened and whether its a sign of a problem I should try and sort out, or is it just "one of those things".

    Many thanks

    Graham
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

    scienide09

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    Could be one of those things where a log file or temporary file got out of hand. It happens.

    If the shutdown/restart worked for you, I wouldn't worry about it. If it happens again, then you should poke around to find out what's using up all the space.
     
  3. myotis thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, that was my instinct, but being newish to Macs, I didn't want to risk ignoring a well known warning sign.

    Graham
     

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