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Startup disk is almost full?
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May 19, 2007, 12:06 PM
 
"You need to make more space available on your startup disk by deleting files." How do I do this? I am new to Mac's and I don't now how to do this.


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May 19, 2007, 01:16 PM
 
Assuming you have an iMac, eMac, or Mac mini, you probably only have one hard drive, which is your startup disk.

You need to delete some files.
     
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May 19, 2007, 01:28 PM
 
Forgive me if these are too basic, but start with your Trash, is there stuff in there that you have deleted? You have to empty it to get that free space back. How about email, just putting files in an email program's trash doesn't get rid of it. Next you have to look at what you have accumulated: pictures, music, movies. You need to decide what to keep and what to toss out.
Of course, you can always delay the day of reckoning and get a bigger hard drive or an external hard drive!
( Last edited by Sherman Homan; May 19, 2007 at 03:01 PM. Reason: kant tipe good)
     
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May 19, 2007, 02:51 PM
 
It means your HD is full.
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May 19, 2007, 11:25 PM
 
I have a 500 GB hard dive with 390 GB available, and my hard drive is not partitioned.
     
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May 20, 2007, 01:27 AM
 
That's odd. Wondering about is it related to the scratch disk setting on applications like Final Cut or Photoshop.
     
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May 20, 2007, 04:19 AM
 
It could have been a memory leak generating an excessively large number of vm files, or did you try out Filevault at all?

Either way, download OmniDiskSweeper 1.5.2 - MacUpdate or WhatSize 10.3.91 - MacUpdate to find out which file(s) are using up the disk space. Both show hidden files so you will see everything on your disk.
     
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May 20, 2007, 07:06 AM
 
That is a strange error to get if you have lots of free space available.

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." TJ
     
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May 20, 2007, 12:28 PM
 
Could it be a normal response after I erased the free space on my hard drive?
     
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May 21, 2007, 02:53 PM
 
Have you simply tried restarting the machine?

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May 24, 2007, 04:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by mrtaxman View Post
I have a 500 GB hard dive with 390 GB available, and my hard drive is not partitioned.
This is definitely your internal hard drive - the one you're booting from?
     
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May 24, 2007, 05:32 AM
 
Originally Posted by mrtaxman View Post
Could it be a normal response after I erased the free space on my hard drive?
You "erased the free space" on your hard drive? What do you mean?

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May 24, 2007, 07:36 AM
 
My guess is that the OP is using FileVault.
     
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Feb 14, 2008, 12:35 AM
 
sorry about hijacking this thread so long after it went dead but i have the exact same error message. and i too have the same question is it normal after erasing free space ?

and to answer big mac's question, check out disk utility there's an option called erase free space. this basically writes zeroes over all the free sspace on the HD so that no data can be recovered later on by data recovery software.

now my doubt is should i just ignore this error, or do i have to do something about it ? i have a 500gb HD with unused space in excess of 350gb.
     
   
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