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Start up problems and full disc

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Feb 24, 2013 5:46 PM

I am having problems with my macbook pro being extremely slow. When I restart, it stays on the grey start up screen for about 5 minutes and then I'm finally able to log on. I check the pie under activity monitor and there's plenty of space.  As soon as I start using the internet things come to a halt with the spinning ball and I check my pie again and it's completly full.  I went to disc utility and clicked on utilities and then went to repair disc permissions and a whole bunch of stuff came up.  The problem returns no matter what I do.  But really, despite reading the forums I can't figure out what I'm even looking for and how to repair things.  Here are my specs:

 

I'm running snow leopard

 

MacBook Pro
Model Identifier:     MacBookPro8,3
Processor Name:     Intel Core i7
Processor Speed:     2.3 GHz
Number of Processors:     1
Total Number of Cores:     4
L2 Cache (per Core):     256 KB
L3 Cache:     8 MB
Memory:     4 GB

 

Mac OS X
Version 10.6.8

 

Any help would be most appreciated!

MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to Etiana)

    How large is your hard drive and how much hard drive space do you have left?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 6:23 PM (in response to Etiana)

    Open up a Finder window.  Look at the bottom and it will tell you how much hard drive space that you have left.

     

    To find out how large your Hard Drive is, go to the System Profiler/About This Mac/More Info/Hardware/Serial-ATA/Capacity

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 6:27 PM (in response to Etiana)

    You need to get rid of a lot of files or transfer them to an external drive or dvds.  Read the following;

     

    First thing you should do is to Empty the trash!

     

     

     

     

    Seven ways to free up drive space

     

    Where did my  Disk Space  go?

     

    Slimming your hard drive

     

    Seven ways to free up drive space

     

    OmniDiskSweeper is a free utility that checks HD space.

     

    FreeSpace# cost $1 or is a free utility that checks HD space.

     

    SpaceControl is a free utility that checks HD space.

     

    FreeSpace cost $.99 - FreeSpace shows you how much space is available on all local, connected, and network drives with a single click.

     

     

     

     

    Rule of thumb: You should never let your hard drive get to where you have only 10-15% of space left.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 6:55 PM (in response to Etiana)

    Etiana wrote:

     

    Is there a place I can go to find out what files are taking up space? 

     

    Please bear with me if my questions seem stupid.

     

    I already posted links of software you can use to check where your space has gone.  You didn't click on any of the links?

     

     

    The ONLY stupid questions are the ones not asked!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:11 PM (in response to Etiana)

    Etiana wrote:

     

    I'm suppose to go to a folder to clear out mail downloads but I followed the instructions and put the proper name in and it says "file not found" 

    If you do not use Apple Mail, the file will not be there.  If you do use Apple Mail, follow the instructions again but this time copy paste ~/Library/Mail Downloads

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 7:50 PM (in response to Etiana)

    After you are through cleaning house, do the following -

     

    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.

     

    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.

     

    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.

     

    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 9:13 PM (in response to Etiana)

    To avoid directory damage.

     

     

    WhatSize is easier to use.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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