7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2009 12:52 PM by Carolyn Samit
chazcron Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
I have a 2.4 GHz core duo Intel iMac, 10.4.8, the HD shows about 100GB of stuff, 3 GB available, but the HD capacity is 230GB. I have forced it to show invisible files, there were no large invisible files, there are no iMovie clips in the trash, nothing at all in the trash. (I suspect iMovie has something to do with it, but all files of that nature were trashed and emptied) I booted it as a firewire device and repaired the disk and permissions, to no avail.

Any free/freeware solutions/ideas?
  • chazcron Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    i forgot to mention, beyond inheriting this iMac's troubleshooting (IE: its not my computer) any free disk space made available is slowly leached away.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,985 points)
    HI,

    Try WhatSize

    Probably a good idea to check the drive for errors. Restart your Mac while holding down the C key, pressing the power button and inserting your install disk all at the same time. An Installer window will open, but do not proceed with any installations. Instead, from the Menu Bar, select Utilities/Disk Utility. In the Disk Utility window click First Aid, and then click Verify. If Disk Utility reports errors, click Repair. When Disk Utility is finished, from the Menu Bar, select Utilities/Startup Disk. Select MacintoshHD 10.x.x and click Restart.

    To check your hard disk’s S.M.A.R.T. status: Open Disk Utility, in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.Select the disk in the list at the left, and look at the bottom of the window for a field named “S.M.A.R.T. Status.” *Make sure it says Verified. If not, it's probably an indication of drive failure.*

    Freeing up space on the hard disk



    Carolyn
  • chazcron Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Well, thanks for chiming in, Carolyn. I thought you might have noticed I had already repaired the permissions and the disk as a firewire device. I had tried Whatsize already, but it is not FREEWARE, (I mentioned I was looking for freeware.) and it's demo limitation did not work for me.

    Being only $12, though, it did solve the problem.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,985 points)
    Thank you for the star.

    I didn't suggest you repair permissions. I suggested that you check the hard disk for errors. Not the same thing.

    As for following your instructions to the letter, we can't always suggest precisely what you are looking for, ie., freeware. But we do try to come close.




    Carolyn
  • chazcron Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Carolyn, I should never reply before my first cup of coffee. Thanks again.
  • chazcron Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    By the way, it was mystery looping print spool eating all that precious space.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,985 points)
    Glad you found the culprit.





    Carolyn