Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to hasburyhughesy)
Usually I suggest people clear unused files (as I will in the next post) but in your case, given your large disk space needs I would recommend a large disk. You can upgrade the disk capacity and the disk speed with a 1 TB SSD-Hybrid disk drive for about $100. Google "Seagate XT”. You will also want a 1 TB external disk to backup the internal 1 TB disk.
Given you only have 2 GB of space remaining you need to take quick action to free some disk space or your system may become unbootable. See my next post.
Others can post about how to manage iMovie for minimum disk usage. I’m not familiar with iMovie.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2013 9:57 AM (in response to hasburyhughesy)
Recovering Disk Space
If you have less than 20% disk space then it is time to roll up your sleeves and search for what you can delete and what you can offload to another disk.
If you have less than 10 GB you definitely need to delete or offload some files or purchase a lager disk or SSD (see below). You may want to maintain at least 20 GB of free space so when your disk starts filling again it will have some room before it hits that 10 GB mark again. More headroom is better. If you let the space fall much below 9 GB you might not be able to boot your machine.
Initial easy steps to gain disk space:
- Delete all files in the Downloads folder.
Empty the Trash.
- Start iPhoto.
Empty its trash.
- Restart in Safe Mode:
Restart the computer.
As soon as you hear the chime press and hold the right shift key.
Be patient. Hold it down until you see the Apple icon.
Empty the trash.
Restart in normal mode.
- Delete "Recovered Messages", if any.
Hold the option key down and click "Go" menu in the Finder menu bar.
Select "Library" from the drop down menu.
Library > Mail > V2 > Mailboxes
Delete "Recovered Messages", if any.
- Empty the Trash.
- Re-index your system disk (Macintosh HD):
Run a Time Machine (or other) backup since you are about to delete and move files and you may need to recover from any inadvertent mistakes or decisions. You will need one external hard drive for your Time Machine (or other) backup and a second if you plan to offload some files. (See suggestions for where to purchase hard drives at the end of this message.)
For more about backups:
Time Machine Basics: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427
Most commonly used backup methods:
Methodology to protect your data. Backups vs. Archives. Long-term data protection:
Then use the free application OmniDiskSweeper http://www.omnigroup.com/more to explore your volume in descending order by size so you can attack the problem from the top down, deleting the largest unwanted files first. Delete with caution and do not delete any system files. Remember to empty the trash after trashing the files.
Additional reference on freeing disk space:
Consider moving some of the no-often-used large files or directories to an external disk. Use ODS again to find them. As noted above this will be at least your second hard drive. Your first one(s) is/are for your Time Machine (or other) backup(s). Do not offload files onto a Time Machine disk.
Format the second drive as Mac OS Extended (journaled). Using OWS to find large files/folders and copy them from the system drive to the external hard drive and delete them from your internal drive.
Then > System Preferences > Time Machine > Options… > Remove the offload HD name from the exclusions list.
Now both your system disk and your external offload disk will be backed up onto your Time Machine disk.
To move your iTunes Music folder to another disk or partition:
To change the location of your iTunes Music folder, carefully follow the instructions in the AppleCare® Knowledge Base document "iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Music folder."Additional information can be found in iTunes Help.
Laptop users may want to consider having two iTunes libraries: a small library of current favorites on their computer, while their complete library resides on an external hard drive. Utilities like iTunes Library Manager enable you to easily have multiple iTunes libraries you can use with your account. https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/7689/itunes-library-manager
To move your iPhoto Library folder to another disk or partition:
To move the iPhoto Library folder to a new location, employ the instructions in the AppleCare Knowledge Base document from http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2506 corresponding to the version of iPhoto you are using. Additional information can be found in iPhoto Help.
Laptop users may want to consider having two iPhoto libraries: a small library of current, favorite photographs on their computer, while their complete library, or archives of older photos are saved on an external hard drive. Utilities such as iPhoto Buddy and iPhoto Library Manager enable you to have multiple iPhoto libraries that you can use with your account.
Hardware — Bigger disk/SSD:
If your system has upgradeable storage then if you are still tight on disk space consider larger storage. If you have a disk consider replacing it with a one TB disk. check out an upgrade to an SSD-Hybrid disk. Google "Seagate XT". If you have an SSD consider increasing its capacity to 240 or 480 GB. A standard 240 GB SSD would cost from $200 to $280. See OWC and Crucial: http://www.crucial.com/ for options. OWC sells 120, 240 and 480 GB SSD upgrades for MacBook Airs. A 240 GB upgrade costs $265. http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/ . If your Mac is under warranty or AppleCare replacing the SSD will void the warranty.
PlotinusVeritas gives some great suggestions for purchasing external hard drives in this thread:
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to hands4)
Thank you for all the information. I have recovered around 80GB . I am due to purchase an external HDD very shortly and will move all my iMovie files as suggested in the links. I will have a look at the link you have suggested regarding hard drives.
Thanks again. I'm a newbie to the Mac so need to get into the habit of keeping things tidy.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2013 12:07 PM (in response to hands4)
I was looking at these earlier today:
Which one of the above would you recommend?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2013 12:19 PM (in response to hasburyhughesy)
best options for the price, and high quality HD:
Quality 1TB drives are $50 per TB on 3.5" or $65 per TB on 2.5"
Perfect 1TB for $68
Nice 500gig for $50. ultraslim perfect for use with a notebook
- 2.5" USB portable High quality BEST FOR THE COST, Toshiba "tiny giant" 2TB drive (have several of them, LOT of storage in a SMALL package) $117
*This one is the BEST portable external HD available that money can buy:
HGST Touro Mobile 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $88
Most storage experts agree on the Hitachi 2.5"
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2013 3:24 AM (in response to hands4)
I have performed all of the above stages and I now have 160+GB of free disk space. However, there is a folder within the 'Movies' folder on the HDD used by iMovie called 'Original Movies'. I don't remember saving anything to this folder, but I appear to have at least half a dozen folders, all of which contain 3-4 QuickTime (.mov) files??? This only accounts for 1.39GB so isn't really causing an issue regarding space, but I just wondered what it is and why it's there.
Thanks in advance,
Currently Being ModeratedDec 23, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to hands4)
Managed to find this:
Should be safe to delete it then.
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