Startup Disk filling up rapidly, already tried everything

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mlst, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. mlst macrumors newbie

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    I'm on a mac 10.6.8 with 2GB RAM, capacity of startup disk is 159.7 GB.

    Every week or so, mysteriously over night, the startup disk will go from having around 60GB of free space to 0GB.

    I regularly delete all downloads/documents, empty my trash, and empty my browser history. Not using an external drive. I've disabled the mail app, time machine is turned off, and I have run repair disk permissions in disk utility and rebooted a number of times. I also downloaded and tried omnisweeper but still couldn't find the source of the mysterious files/folders taking up so much space. When I go through every folder on the drive and compare it to another computer with an identical image, I get the same sizes, so I can't figure out what is taking up the space. HELP ME!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the storage tab is about, this may help explain: For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply: Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question: Freeing up drive space in Mac OS X
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I recommend you download the free app "DiskWave":
    http://diskwave.barthe.ph

    The "graphic" displays of other apps can be confusing.
    DiskWave will give you a -list- of folders/files by names and sizes.
    Much easier to work with.

    Also:
    Are you running Time Machine?
    If so, TURN IT OFF for a few days, and see if things improve.
     
  4. mlst thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Startup disk full

    Thanks both of you for the advice. I've already restarted numerous times, searched with finder, and used omni disk sweeper/disk utility repair. Time machine has been off the whole time.

    Some of the links you provided may prove to be useful. I'll check them out.
     

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