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'06 Intel Imac shows 2 hd icons...

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Nov 12, 2012 5:18 PM

The osx icon shows it to be nearly full and I can't update software. The other hd icon (Snow) has nearly all of it's space available, yet I can't use it for anything. On the Startup Disk check, the Snow doesn't show up. How do I get the iMac to begin utilizing all this space?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 5:21 PM (in response to slapap)

    It's time to get an external HD and begin offloading large libraries such as your iPhoto, iTunes, and iMovie libraries to it. This will free a lot of HD space on the HD and perhaps even improve the performance. Apple explains how to do this in:

     

    iMovie: How to move the Library to an EHD

     

    iPhoto: How to move the Library to an EHD

     

    iTunes: How to move the library to an EHD

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:54 PM (in response to slapap)

    One is probably an alias that you created in error. Please follow the instructions in my first post.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:03 PM (in response to slapap)

    It sounds like the original owner made two partitions to boot from. Try holding the "Option" key while rebooting, if you get more than one choice you may have a dual/multiple boot setup. Select one of the drives and boot up, note which OS X it is in About This Mac .. under the Apple top left. Then do it again for the other drive(s) and you'll know better what you've got.

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