4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2010 3:42 PM by Syndicated85
Syndicated85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi guys,

I have been using my MacBook for a year and a half without any problems and i love it death but now i have met a quite strange problem.

I started running out of disk space, so i deleted a couple of DVD images (4gb each). I cmd+backspaced them first in Finder, then i went to trash and empty trash like always before.

Not a single kilobyte of space was freed up. Then i went to activity monitor to see a even stranger thing:
My Macbook has a 160gb hard drive. I had my Macintosh HD there (159gb, 157 in use) and then i checked the other option, my (crypted) home folder. it said 355gb used 3gb free. ***?

I cant delete anything, well i can but nothing free's up space. Help me oh community!

- Mika

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6), disk
  • 1. Re: Weird HD problem
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    If you're using FileVault, your entire encrypted home folder is in an odd container called a +sparse bundle.+ It does not shrink automatically when you delete things from it, but when you log out, OSX should "compact" it -- you should see a window like this:


    Your OSX drive is dangerously full. Log out, let that process continue, then log back on. See if you've gained much space. Post back with the results.

    Message was edited by: Pondini
  • 2. Re: Weird HD problem
    Syndicated85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks dude,

    That free'd up 25GB of diskspace, after that i tried this thing someone told me on another forum that i erased free space from the Macintosh HD, now i have more than 60GB of unused space.

    I am thankful!
  • 3. Re: Weird HD problem
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)
    Erasing free space just writes zeros and doesn't alter the amount or alter how much.
  • 4. Re: Weird HD problem
    Syndicated85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well somehow it free'd up quite alot of space.