1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 12:17 PM by varjak paw
richard jfromchevy chase Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

We just bought a 500gb, 27 inch, 8gb ram iMac from a friend of ours. While trying to import our itunes using homesharing from our macbook pro, an error message occured stating that "the startup disk was almost full" and I should clear some stuff out. Surpised, knowing that the friend had clear it before delivering it to us, I looked into the issue. I went to check out how much of our total hard drive space the mac claimed was being used, and it claimed we were using 90.18 out of only 90.41 capacity. Has anyone else had a similar problem? I check the details using "about this mac" and it reassured that we had 2 256gb cores.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: iMac not making use of full 500gb?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    Launch Disk Utility and look at the drive in the sidebar. Does it show more than one volume for the drive, as in this example (the drives are the "WDC" and "Samsung" icons, with the volumes indented under them)?





    If so, your friend partitioned the drive and made the boot partition rather small. He may have kept the bulk of his documents on a second partition, or have set up a large Boot Camp partition. If there is indeed more than one partition, you'll either need to repartition the drive to make it all one partition and reinstall the OS and all your apps and data, or move your iTunes library and other large items to the second partition.


    If the drive shows only a single partition, click on it and see what it says for capacity at the bottom of the Disk Utility window. If it shows significantly less than the expected capacity, your friend may have incorrectly created a single small volume or there may be something amiss with the drive and it may need to be repartitioned. Try booting the system from the Mac OS X install disk and running a repair on the volume, though, and see if that helps.


    Hope this helps.