The space on my hard drive is Being spirited away for no reason!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jonahtron, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. jonahtron macrumors member

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    After a very slow boot up I press Cmd-I on my boot drive and just watch over 30 gig just reduce reduce down to nothing... Then I get the "hard drive is almost full error message, and a window telling me that my startup disk has no more space available for application memory, so quite some applications (no apps are running, I am running lion from an 80 gig SSd with all my files on an external hd)

    Each time I do a (painful) reboot the memory is back to how it should be but it's only a minute before te process starts again....
    Anyone ever seen anything like this before?

    Do u need any specs of my MacBook?
    It's early 2008, 4 month old SSd, lion, 4gig ram,
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. jonahtron thread starter macrumors member

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    I should have mentioned that the MacBook has become unusably slow. So Internet is a no no. Any program I run wants to automatically close due to the physical memory being reported as low...
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For performance issues, there are a few things you can check:
    • Check your Login Items under System Preferences > Accounts to see what you have automatically launching.
    • Also check /Library/LaunchAgents/ and /Users/yourusername/Library/LaunchAgents/ for items launching at startup
    • Look at what widgets you may have running.
    • Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes". Then look to see what may be consuming system resources.
    • Take a look at the System Memory tab at the bottom of Activity Monitor to see if you have excessive "page outs", a sign that you may benefit from more RAM.
    • Make sure you're not running any 3rd party antivirus app, as many of those will drain resources, reducing performance. They're not needed to protect your Mac.
     
  5. jonahtron thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help. Nothing really
    Worked so I just re installed lion
     

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