2 Replies Latest reply: May 19, 2012 7:50 PM by BDAqua
jjoanides Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

FINDER WILL NOT OPEN. IT SEEMS I HAVE A CORRUPTED FILE WHICH HAS TAKEN UP ALL OF THE HARD DRIVE SPACE. HOW CAN I ACCESS FINDER TO REMOVE THE CORRUPT FILE?


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • 1. Re: finder will not open
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,475 points)

    That must be a huge file since it occupies all the 15+ GB you leave free on your computer at all times.

     

    Try starting your computer with the shift key held down and work in Safe Mode.

     

    Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1455

     

    What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? (Mac OS X) - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564

     

    Safe Boot takes longer than normal startup - http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1884

  • 2. Re: finder will not open
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Great advice so far!

     

    First, Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), use Disk Utility from there to Repair Permissions, test if things work OK in Safe Mode.

     

    Then move these files to the Desktop...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.recentitems.plist

     

    Reboot & test.

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.