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Macbook HD space fluctuating

684 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2013 6:49 PM by monqymu RSS
monqymu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 2, 2013 10:21 PM

Hi there,


I'm currently using a very old Macbook with a 2GHz Intel Core Duo Processor and 1.5GB of RAM. It's a model from about 2005/2006, and I'm running it with OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.8.


I received a warning earlier today that my startup disk was almost full - despite Finder stating that I had over 2GB of free space (out of 65gb) just prior to that. I didn't have anything downloading at the time so I know that isn't the reason.


I emptied my browser cache, deleted my cookies and restarted. When I looked at Finder again it stated 2.42gb. It's not about an hour later and that space is slowly flutuating and decreasing again (currently at 2.32gb free space according to Finder).


I'm a dunce when it comes to fixing computers - more so for Macs. Any help would be amazing!

MacBook (13-inch), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 10:34 PM (in response to monqymu)

    2 GB is a paltry amount and insufficient for normal use.


    It is normal for the system to create temporary files that are deleted as necessary; that explains the fluctuations you are seeing. Deletions are accelerated when the available disk space becomes small, and yours is definitely small.


    Find out what you can safely delete. Drag unnecessary files to the Trash and then empty the Trash. You need to have free space in double digit GB amounts or you will run into problems as the system desperately tries to find some breathing room. Look for movies that you do not need, downloaded disk image files (likely to be found in your Downloads folder), old podcasts, redundant photos, etc. Empty iPhoto's trash, and delete old emails, especially those with attachments.


    Don't wait. OS X will warn you that your startup disk is full only when it's screaming for help, and yours is screaming.


    For more ideas read here: Mac OS X 10.6: Increasing disk space

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 2:31 PM (in response to monqymu)

    monqymu wrote:


    I've run anti-virus software and gotten rid of any potential threats or viruses, but the issue persists.


    Great. Now get rid of your anti-virus software. That can cause a multitude of problems.


    Make sure all remnants of it are really gone, every last bit.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 5:07 PM (in response to monqymu)

    Please see my previous reply.


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