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joanne987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 31, 2013 6:51 PM

Is there a way to tell what on your computer is using up all the memory so You know what to remove to free up space?

  • wuzradioman Level 4 Level 4 (2,125 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 7:36 PM (in response to joanne987)

    Applications folder>utilities>activity monitor> click on system memory.  You'll see memory usedavailable memory on a pie chart.  OR do a Spotlight Search, in the search field type in "Activity Monitor"

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 8:33 PM (in response to joanne987)

    To free up space would be to create more space on your hard drive - it has nothing to do with memory. You can add more RAM (memory) if your computer allows it; but that does not create space anywhere.


    So, is your hard drive getting filled up? If so, you need to leave a minimum of 10 - 15 GB of empty space at all times for the system to work properly - more space is better. Please post back with your total hard drive space and how much is left (empty).

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,505 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:58 PM (in response to joanne987)
  • Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,630 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:55 AM (in response to joanne987)

    Your "HD" is your hard drive and that contains "Storage" for data, Not "memory", which is the amount of RAM you have.  Your hard drive is essentially full beyond the point of your iMac being able to run properly.  You need to offload a lot of files (photos, music, movies, maybe?) to an external hard drive to free up space.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to joanne987)

    OS X needs about 10 gigs of hard drive space for normal OS operations - things like virtual memory, temporary files and so on.


    Without this space your Mac will slow down as the OS hunts for space on the disk, files will be fragmented, also slowing things down, apps will crash and the risk of data corruption - that is damage to your files, photos, music - increases exponentially.


    Your first priority is to make more space on that HD.


    Nothing else can be done until you do. Purchase an external HD and move your Photos and Music to it. Both iPhoto and iTunes can run perfectly well with the Library on an external disk.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to joanne987)







    After you've moved them and made sure that it all works, you can delete the original off your hard drive. Remember to empty the trash - if you have a lot, do a few at a time. If you still need more room, check for other space hogging files and delete or move them.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,505 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:23 PM (in response to joanne987)



    A couple of words of caution, first you need to have a backup plan to protect all of  your valuable information (photos, music, movies, financial records etc....) If you use Time Machine  (TM)that is a great start, however when it comes to backup redundancy is extremely wise. Many folks on these forums use TM and also create a bootable clone using either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper. Backups should be kept on physically separate HD's. The reason being is hard drive will (not might but WILL) fail. You don't want all of your backup on one physical external HD.


    Next is NEVER and I mean NEVERkeep data on the same external HD as  your backup. The reason being is when the EHD fails you will not only have lost your valuable data but it's backup.


    This means you should have no less than 3 EHD's right now. One for your data (photos, movies, music, etc..) the second as a TM backup drive and drive number three is for your bootable clone. While cost may be a consideration, when you lose all of your precious data, the last thing on your mind will be the money spent on EHD's, it will be on the relief that you didn't lose your valuable data.

  • ssls6 Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to joanne987)

    He is saying "if your data and backup are on the same disc, when it fails you lose both"

  • ssls6 Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to joanne987)

    You have described your computer as having a 160GB internal hard drive which is currently out of space.  It appears you have an external drive already with a time machine backup and movies.  How big is the external drive and is there anything else about your setup you can share?  Did you check the folder size of your pictures and music?  You've asked this problem on a couple of different threads now.

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