Startup disc full? I have 48+ GB free. Help please!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by yankeesone82, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. yankeesone82 macrumors newbie

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    I'm on a Macbook Pro running Leopard and I have 48+ GB free, but last night and all morning I've been getting a warning periodically saying that my Startup Disc is full. When I open a finder window, it will say that I have 0 KB free, then slowly go up to 48 GB. Also, when I search for something in Finder, the search results will appear disappear and reappear continually.

    I'm completely lost. If anyone could help me I'd greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. Craigy macrumors 6502

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    Try restarting your machine? - It happened to me once but a restart and repaired permissions fixed it.
    Give it a try
     
  3. pointycollars macrumors regular

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    It sounds like you have some kind of corrupt index - like the OS doesn't know exactly what's on the drive and has to keep "refreshing its memory" :) If you open up Activity Monitor, is the process "mdimport" chewing up large amounts of memory?
     
  4. yankeesone82 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I don't even see it on the list of processes running.
     
  5. yankeesone82 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've tried restarting it. I even shut it down, rebooted and cleared the PRAM by holding Command+Option+P+R.

    I have no idea what to do.
     
  6. misterredman macrumors 6502a

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    Try booting in safe mode, by holding down the shift key. It will do a file system check on the OS partition. Beware it will take longer than the usual booting, so just wait.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564?viewlocale=en_US

    If it doesn't work boot from the install discs and repair the disk with Disk Utility.
     

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