Skip navigation

lion eating my hard drive space

36138 Views 122 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 4:14 PM by mooneyna RSS
  • Georg Portenkirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 4, 2011 3:48 PM (in response to Pondini)


    Pondini wrote:

     

    Tony T1 wrote:

     

    He has 13GB in those, most within 3 days, so deleting will not solve the problem.

    But it will free up several GBs.

    Seems his problem is with AUX (...no idea what that is)

    Look at them.

     

     

    Each of these AUX folders contain several thousands of small files containing this

     

    WebProcess(8244) deny file-read-data /Users/portenkirchner/Library/Application Support/Adobe/AIR/ELS/FBAIR.596FB312AB4AF14A42BA76B7E8A07B54AC2BED3A.1/PrivateE ncryptedDatak

     

    So I uninstalled Adobe AIR, as I haven't used any AIR application for months.

    Hope this will stop this!

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,140 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 4, 2011 3:48 PM (in response to Georg Portenkirchner)

    Georg Portenkirchner wrote:

     

    So I uninstalled Adobe AIR, as I haven't used any AIR application for months.

    Hope this will stop this!

     

    That shoud do it, you can also delete those log files and free up 14gb of space

  • Georg Portenkirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 4, 2011 4:16 PM (in response to Tony T1)

    Tony T1 wrote:

     

    Georg Portenkirchner wrote:

     

    So I uninstalled Adobe AIR, as I haven't used any AIR application for months.

    Hope this will stop this!

     

    That shoud do it, you can also delete those log files and free up 14gb of space

     

    Just deleting 1.581.959 Files, that were generated since the last new installaton of Lion 24 hours ago.

     

     

    P.S.: Guess all these small files that were produced all the time also slowed down my Time Machine Backups.

  • Georg Portenkirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 5, 2011 1:00 AM (in response to Georg Portenkirchner)

    Georg Portenkirchner wrote:

     

    Just deleting 1.581.959 Files, that were generated since the last new installaton of Lion 24 hours ago.

     

    Several hours later I had again an AUX folder with nearly 400.000 files, because I forgot to delete the AIR files in my ~/Library/Application Support folder. Did this now and hope this problem is gone now!

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,140 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 5, 2011 5:12 AM (in response to Georg Portenkirchner)

    Did you use the AIR unintaller?

     

    Uninstalling Adobe AIR on a Mac computer

    1. Double-click the "Adobe AIR Uninstaller", which is located in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

     

    Tony

  • Georg Portenkirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 5, 2011 9:12 AM (in response to Tony T1)

    Yes of course I used the uninstaller, and after deleting the AIR folder in my Application Support folder, no Adobe AIR log files were generated anymore! :-)

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,140 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 5, 2011 11:49 AM (in response to Georg Portenkirchner)

    Not a good uninstaller by Adobe if you had to manually delete the AIR folder in Application Support

    (...but then again, not a good App if it throws-up 4GB of log files a day )

  • Georg Portenkirchner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 5, 2011 2:20 PM (in response to Tony T1)

    You never would expect unreliable software of Aodobe! ;-)

  • xcfloyd Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 9, 2011 7:49 AM (in response to andrejK)

    The Mail Issue was definately the problem for me. Thanks to OmniSweeper I just found and deleted 120GB rapidy duplicating mail attachments! AndreJK do yu think that fixed it? Or will it keep happening?

  • Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,580 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 9, 2011 2:38 PM (in response to xcfloyd)

    I have just discovered that this is happening to me too. A few days ago I installed Adobe Photoshop Elements and since then **even when I am not running PE** it is creating **hundreds of thousands** of cached files, every day.

     

    These files reside here:

     

    private/var/log/asl/AUX 2011.08.04 (followed by thousands of files)

     

    then AUX 2011.08.05 (followed by thousands of files)

     

    etc.

     

    By doing a "whatis" on any one of these files, I learn that they are "Adobe Photoshop Elements styles files"

     

    How can I stop Adobe from generating these files?

  • andrejK Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 9, 2011 4:41 PM (in response to xcfloyd)

    The problem is fixed for me, after the initial generation of duplicate attachments my Mail is now creating them only for the new read e-mails.

    I start to think, that this could be considered a normal behaviour by Apple, to have a copy of each attachment for faster search. It would be less of a problem with a large disk drive or a smaller mail database (I use a Macbook Air with 60GB of SSD.)

    Andrej

  • Shaun Hollywood Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 29, 2011 10:21 AM (in response to andrejK)

    Hi Guys

     

    Yes I was having the exact same problem since installing Lion two days ago and I believe that uninstalling Adobe Air and all supported files has given me back the Mb's I've lost and it no longer seams to be deminishing.

     

    Thanks very much.

  • lindsaywagner Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 17, 2011 7:58 PM (in response to rsjm)

    I am experiencing the same problem with my macbook... I cleared everthing off and did a reboot... looks like Lion is currently using 10.6 Gb which is off from what I hear it supposed to be taking up.  I havent added any music or documents back to the computer and have an appointment at the Genius Bar on wednesday.  I figured this was a hard drive problem not a Lion problem... I will post my findings.  I went from using about 100GB to using 285Gb to using 318GB in the span of a few weeks.  My machine was showing 119 GB of "other" in the storage bar.  The first Genius appointment thought it was because I was using 2 users on my machine.  That clearly is not the case... 45 GB vanished off my machine within a week after meeting with the Genius guys... this is a normal use machine.  (used for some photos, itunes, and some documents).  I am anxious to find some better answers.  Because this will not work.

  • Dustin Gross Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 15, 2012 3:43 AM (in response to rsjm)

    For the Mail issue there are options in the account menu under advanced for it to no longer save copies of your mail attachments or even the messages themselves.

  • EJ\'s tech support Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 23, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to lindsaywagner)

    Since installing Mac OS X 10.7.3 over a month ago, I have noticed a pattern of what appears to be continual erosion of available RAM on my MacBook over a few days, which continues until the available hard drive space is also diminished. If I take no corrective action, the hard drive space gets consumed and a warning message appears. The corrective action is to restart the machine, upon which the available hard drive space returns to a reasonable value.

     

    I first observed this problem when printing a one-page detailed advertisement in contained in a PDF file using Adobe Reader with a scale to fit option - which slowed down the MacBook to a stop every time and used up the hard drive space. My solution was to use Preview for printing that PDF file.

     

    Even when avoiding the Adobe scale to fit problem, occasionally RAM and then hard drive space got used up and operation was stopped and some “out of memory” message appeared when using other memory intensive applications, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Garmin Lifetime Map Updater (GPS) - especially if I had restarted the MacBook more than three days ago or so,

     

    It appears that these applications consume both real memory (RAM) and virtual memory (when my MacBook’s 2 GB RAM is insufficient). It also appears that when these applications are exited normally, they do not return all that memory to the pool for subsequent use by other applications.

     

    I suspect that the disk space used for virtual memory by an application is not completely released on exit, and subsequent use accumulates the unreleased amount of disk space that was used for virtual memory - until the disk space is completely used up.

     

    My strategy is to (1) restart before beginning a seriously memory-intensive task; and (2) occasionally monitor the available hard drive space at the bottom of a Finder window and restart the MacBook if it becomes unexplainably low.

     

    The necessity and success of that second step (in restoring the “available” hard disk space) persuades me that Lion has a virtual memory leakage problem.

1 ... 4 5 6 7 8 9 Previous Next

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (7)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.