Slow macbook, little space

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by soupyjnr, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. soupyjnr macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

    Basically, I bought my MacBook in 2008 - its ran amazingly until about a month ago. Its started to get really slow, freeze all the time - and when I checked the space left on the hard drive, there is only 3GB left.

    Is there anything you can get to let you know what is taking up most of the space.. like photos, videos, applications etc.?

    Any suggestions on how I could get it to run faster and to get it from not freezing?
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Try OmniDiskSweeper or test drive Daisy Disk.
  3. tug macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2010
    loughborough. u.k.
    now this happened to me, heres what i did;

    bought 1tig ext. drive from WD.

    backed up everything to it using time machine,

    formated internal hdd (completely wiped the disc)

    booted from flash drive containing lion, installed the os only, (adding nothing from backup)

    the mac is now relatively brand new again, it behaves just like when i got it out of the box.

    now all i do is open all my third party apps from the ext. (don't add these to hdd) they operate perfectly from ext. drive.

    now you will have your mac back to the way you want it! and you hdd will be relatively empty.

    good luck. ;)

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