1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 21, 2007 8:11 AM by ali brown
eGrafx Level 1 Level 1
My G4 main hard drive is down to a few GB. I have plenty of space on another internal and several external drives. I noticed my Library is about 37 GB. Are there any files (besides what is in the App folder)that can be moved or deleted to make more space on my main hard drive?

Thanks advance to anyone that can help with this,

G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • ali brown Level 7 Level 7
    Hi Craig!

    Insufficient available space, can cause performance issues, system corruption, and possible loss of data.

    Depending on Mac system usage habits, it is a general recommendation, to keep 10% to as much as 20%, of the Total capacity, available at all times.

    Review the suggestions, in the documents that I have linked to below.

    Authored by Dr Smoke:
    Problems From Insufficient RAM And Free Hard Disk Space
    Freeing Space On Your Mac OS X Startup Disk

    Mac OS X 10.3/10.4: System Maintenance, authored by Gulliver
    Maintaining Mac OS X, authored by Dr Smoke

    Is the Mac shutdown overnight, or does it run 24/7?
    Have you ever run any routine Maintenance procedures?
    If you turn the PowerBook off nightly, the Background Maintenance Tasks, are never run.

    These can also be run, using a Third-Party utility, or manually using Terminal, to run the CRON Commands.
    I use MacJanitor, when necessary.

    Quit all applications/programs.
    Navigate to HD > Applications > Utilities.
    Double click on Terminal, to open.
    At the prompt, type:

    sudo periodic daily

    Press Return.
    Enter your Admin password when prompted, then press Return.
    This will execute the daily script that is sheduled to run every night.
    When completed, repeat this procedure, but change the command to:

    sudo periodic weekly

    This one rebuilds a database or two, and usually takes somewhat longer to complete. It is scheduled to run once a week.
    Repeat again, with command:

    sudo periodic monthly

    Or they can all be run in one pass, which is preferable, with this command:

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly

    When the tasks complete, and return to the prompt, you may quit Terminal.

    Restart the Mac, and run Repair Permissions.

    1.Open Disk Utility, located in Applications/Utilities, and select the startup disk in the left column.
    2.Click First Aid.
    3.Click Verify Disk Permissions to test permissions or Repair Disk Permissions to test and repair permissions. (I never "Verify". Just run "Repair".)

    When "Repair Permissions" is complete. Quit "Disk Utility".

    ali b