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Oct 30, 2012 5:32 PM

I have an iMac(Intel) with 8 GB of memory and I do not believe I can add anymore. Both slots are filled with 4 GB. I am running OS 10.6.8

I was uploading photos today and got the message that the hard drive is running low on memory. What is the best way to handle this? Do I

buy portable hard drives to store some photo files or are there better suggestions. I am backing up everything on my iMac with a 4 bay Drobo but would like to keep photo files separate so I could find them easily. My iMac dates from May 2009.

Thanks for any suggestions.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:39 PM (in response to lensbaby)

    The hard drive (which is your storage space) isn't running low on memory - it could be running out of storage space.

     

    So how large is your hard drive (total) and how much free space is left? You need to have an absolute minimum of 10 - 15 GB of empty space at all times for the OS to operate properly (more is better).

     

    If your hard drive is nearly full, the best thing to do is to delete some items or move some space hogging items to an external drive permanently.

  • inandoutofgrace Level 3 Level 3 (520 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:38 PM (in response to lensbaby)

    I would say go with an external drive, unless you want to deal with replacing your internal HD (BTW, the 8GB of RAM in your computer has no relation to your hard drive capacity).

     

    Also, you might want to see if you qualify for this HD recall even though it looks like you aren't affected:

    http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/

     

    No harm in checking, anyway.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:47 PM (in response to lensbaby)

    Your System Memory or RAM is maxed out at 8GB, however it sounds like your Hard Drive is full.

     

    You can free up some space by moving either or both your iPhoto Library and iTunes Media Folder to an External HD.

     

    see > iPhoto: How to move the Library folder to a new location

     

    and > iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder

     

    However if you move your Libraries and Media Folder to an External Hard Drive, it is always wise to have them backed up using a second External Hard Drive.

    iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 7:51 AM (in response to lensbaby)

    Make sure you have emptied your Trash in Finder. Just moving things to the Trash will not Delete them. Start up the system in

     

    Safe Mode

     

    This will empty some caches and gain a small amount of space.

     

    Here are a few links to help you decide what and how to move your files.

     

    Where  did  my  Disk  Space  go?

     

    http://macmost.com/what-to-do-when-your-hard-drive-is-full.html

     

    OmniDiskSweeper is a good program to see what's taking up space: http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to lensbaby)

    My hard drive capacity is 999.86 GB if I looked in the right place. The available capacity if 124.7 MB.

     

    Yes, you do need to permanently get rid of at least 10 - 15 GB (as I said, more space is better). For instance, I do a fair amount of video editing/burning and I need as much free space for all the processes involved in that as my project files are; at the moment, having started a new project, my accumulation of files is already at 100 GB (doesn't take much with HD video), so I need to maintain at least 100 GB free space at the moment. Because of this, I don't fill up my hard drive more than 50%. Your OS simply works better when there is more space - while the hard drive spins, it does not have to go searching for space here and there to write something to.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,385 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 11:51 AM (in response to lensbaby)

    lensbaby wrote:

     

    My hard drive capacity is 999.86 GB if I looked in the right place. The available capacity if 124.7 MB.

    It is a miracle your Mac is running at all!

     

    Do as Babowa says!

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,385 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 4:27 PM (in response to lensbaby)

    Much better!

     

    Is it running better now?

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