Where's my space going?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by intervenient, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. intervenient macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    I had 53.13 GBs earlier, and when I opened up my Air a few minutes ago, I'm sitting at 52.75. I haven't downloaded anything or really messed with anything at all. Why are GBs disappearing?
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    That's actually just .38GB. My guess would be that it is RAM swap space or the hibernation RAM image.
  3. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    Safari's webpage previews also takes up a lot of room with only a moderate amount of surfing.
  4. fswmacguy macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
    When the RAM runs out of space, it starts reading/writing to the hard disk. Check your memory usage and close down the memory hogging programs.

    I know Safari sucks up RAM like a vacuum. Lots of tabs open in Chrome will also chomp down on the memory. I have to close Firefox every few hours to push the RAM down, also.

    Just some things to keep in mind.
  5. damnyooneek macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2005
    Yep just restart your computer and you will see the memory return again.
  6. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    I shut it down and the space comes back, but it doesn't make sense to me. I'm not running any RAM intensive apps, only using a GB at max.
  7. lythium macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
    When you close the lid, the air "goes to sleep". When that happens, the computer will transfer some or all of the active memory to the HD. That information is not just "deleted" upon awakening, some of it will stay there so as not to have to over think subsequent "sleeps".

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