3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2012 11:06 AM by rccharles
jschowal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I keep getting an error message saying there is not enough free space on the startup disk and the computer forces me to quit applications. Can anyone help?

  • 1. Re: how do I free up space on the startup disk?
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,095 points)

    Delete stuff you don't need there. The main places items can be safely deleted from, besides your home folder, are /Library/Printers/ and /var/log/, which is accessible from the Go to Folder command in the Finder's Go menu.



  • 2. Re: how do I free up space on the startup disk?
    wendy1017 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    We keep getting the same message but ours started the same day we received our updated Quick Books back from the accountant.  Do you think this is a problem from the work that was done on the accountants computer infecting ours?


    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

  • 3. Re: how do I free up space on the startup disk?
    rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    You need to delete some files ASAP.  Best to have greater than 2gig of free space.  Many posters to these forums state that you need much more free space: 5 gig to 10 gig or 10 percent of you hd size.



    Be careful when deleting files. A lot of people have trashed their system when deleting things. Place things in trash. Reboot & run your applications. Empty trash.


    Go after large files that you have created & know what they are.  Do not delete small files that are in a folder you do not know what the folder is for. Anything that is less than a megabyte is a small file these days.






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