Why can I not manage my disc space anymore?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ramius, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Ramius macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2008
    Im trying to free up space on my hard drive, but for some reason, it does not work to delete free disc space anymore.

    No matter what speed I chose. Disc utility starts to delete free space, but when it comes to create a temporary file, it always fails.

    Verifying and repairing discs also does not work. I have upgraded my Macbook from 2008 since Leopard, and I feel something is wrong somewhere. That my OSX is secretly going insane. But it wont tell me about it.
  2. Ramius thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2008
  3. wlossw, Jun 8, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2015

    wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    7 year old hard drive? If so it could be physically failing. You could try a third party app that checks disk integrity. You could also start by running disk utility in recovery mode (hold cmd-r) when booting... Oh and make a full backup asap.
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Ah, that "erase free space" function does NOT do what you think it does. It's used for securely erasing space on your disk that isn't used by anything. While you have Disk Utility open, check your SMART status. If it says "Verified" that's less worrisome than a status of "Failing".
  5. Ramius thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2008
    Reparing disk says "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been changed and cannot be repaired.
  6. donlab macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2004
    No sense in trying to troubleshoot disk issues. Backup and erase and install.

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