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Your startup disk is almost full.?
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jedda
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Mar 23, 2009, 07:07 AM
 
i have a mac book 2.0g 160 gb hd. i keep getting this message, Your startup disk is almost full. when i checked hd info it says 148.73gb capacity 114.37gb available. omni disksweeper has biggest file at 16.8gb and total on drive at 33.8gb i am new to mac (2 weeks) and this has me stumped thanks in advance for any help
     
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Mar 23, 2009, 08:02 AM
 
Just asking to make sure: did you partition your hard drive?

It's something Windows users love to do when they switch to Mac, and it's completely pointless for all but *very* specific needs.
     
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Mar 23, 2009, 08:46 AM
 
What app(s) are you using when this happens?
     
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Mar 23, 2009, 03:14 PM
 
Run Disk Utility, select the internal drive and Repair Permissions before and after every installation of every kind. Probably will not help here as a fix but it cannot hurt.

Make sure that the OS is current via Software Update.

IMO every Mac owner should own and regularly use Disk Warrior. Make sure you buy the right version for your OS.

Good luck!

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Mar 23, 2009, 03:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by SierraDragon View Post
Run Disk Utility, select the internal drive and Repair Permissions before and after every installation of every kind. Probably will not help here as a fix but it cannot hurt.
Not this again.

1. The OP is saying that his disk is getting reported as being full. Permissions are not going to affect the amount of free space on the drive at all.

2. Running Repair Permissions after, and especially before, every installation is a waste of time which accomplishes nothing, and is thus bad advice.

IMO every Mac owner should own and regularly use Disk Warrior. Make sure you buy the right version for your OS.
Owning DiskWarrior is definitely a good idea, but running it regularly isn't. It's a tool to use when you have a problem, but running it when nothing's wrong isn't terribly productive.

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jedda  (op)
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Mar 24, 2009, 01:50 AM
 
thanks guys after reading your posts i started looking at the apps it appears to be caused by utorrent. looking into DiskWarrior, thanks again for your help love this mac and trying to give up my dirty windows habits lol
     
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Mar 24, 2009, 04:42 AM
 
Fwiw, alternatives to uTorrent are Transmission and Vuze.
     
   
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