Start Up Disc Full Message

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by lovingshanelle, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. lovingshanelle macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011
    Hi All,

    I keep getting this message on my Mac. I am a very novice computer user. I do the basics, email, itunes, facebook, and online classes. That is about the extent of my computer usage. I keep getting an message on my computer that says, "Your Mac OS X startup disc has no more space available for application memory. To avoid problems with your computer, quit any applications you are not using. Close windows and removing files from your start up disk will also help." Then it list the applications that are open.

    So, I close out all of the applications and in 5 minutes the message comes back. I don't know what to do next. :confused: Someone please help me!
  2. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    How much free hard drive space do you have (it's shown at the bottom of a Finder window when your system drive is selected)

    If it's full, you'll have to remove some files so OSX has enough space to run properly
  3. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2012
  4. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Your hard drive is full. You need to delete some files.

    If it's not clear where all your hard drive space is going, you might want to take it to an Apple Store. They can help you out. It would be harder to diagnose that from here.
  5. lovingshanelle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011
    I says I have 125.86 GB.


    I am not sure how to find out how much RAM I have but I have a 4 GB Memory.
  6. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    Memory and RAM are the same thing.

    The best is that you select your system hard drive on your desktop (called "Macintosh HD" by default) and go to the file menu and choose Get Info. That window will tell you Capacity and Available space.

    It's possible that you have a temporary file eating up space. Did you do any video converting or something similar recently ?

    You can download the free OmniDiskSweeper utility that will sweep through your hard drive and show you what's taking up all the free space. It takes a few minutes to complete, and proceed with caution before deleting any files. You may want to take a screenshot of OmniDiskSweeper's window and post it here so we can look at it with you.
  7. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    @OP: Make sure you empty your Mac's trash once in a while.

    Space occupied by files you put in the trash is only freed up when you empty it.
  8. monuk macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2012
    startup disc full

    Hello everyone!
    My macbook air came up with similar thing. "startup disc full" So I emptied the trash, erased big amount of photos, duplicates as well. I made 13Gb free space on HDD. Next day same message showed up "s. d. full" Finally I find out what is going on. I use the mail app on the mac. The google mail account automatically sending the new emails to apple mail. I sent a mail with photos to my sister, but undelivered massage came up or something like that. So when I logged on my google account, not through the mail app. I used browser and erased the mail what caused my problem. It was a mail with large photo attachment. Because the google server was sending back the same 35MB mail so many times. What You can find at Library/Mail. I can't remember what was the title of the folder but when you see it you will know it, something re.... mail. After this I emptied the trash. I got 48GB free space on my HDD.
    Good Luck
  9. sallystans macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2012
    Screen shots, please help

    Can you see my attachments? if so can you please help with what i need to delete?

    Thank you!

    Attached Files:

  10. Dzokayi macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Disk Inventory X

    Download it here:

    It will give you a graphical representation of your files. You'll easily be able to tell what's eating up your space.
  11. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003

    Just a reminder for those of you using Lion (OS X 10.7): it creates invisible back-up files that can clog a computer.

    In the Apple menu, select "About this Mac". Then click on the "More Info" button. In the next window, click on "Storage".

    Check how much data you have in the Back-up category.

  12. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Another cool option is GrandPerspective which will show you a graph of all your files and you can use it to help clean up space.
  13. jwren macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    can i delete adobe ps elements organiser

    Can I delete adobe PS elements organiser? I dont open it but do I need it? It is 874MB one of the biggest files on my list of apps. I use regular PS a lot.
  14. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I work for a school district as an IT guy. This summer when we backed up teacher laptops, there was one teacher who had 25 GB in her trash. She was an art teacher with many student pictures, but still.
  15. billobe1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    Omnidisk success

    I too have had this problem and based on earlier advice have used the Omnidisk download to identify problems. This identified that the vast majority of my disk space was occupied by "Recovered Mail" which I have now deleted with no so far apparent ill-effects. Plenty of free space now. Any ideas from anyone on what this recovered mail is about?
  16. manishi kumar macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    Massage Quebec

    I keep getting an message on my computer that says, "Your Mac OS X startup disc has no more space available for application memory.

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