2212 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 12, 2009 4:45 PM by okapulco
Hello and welcome back to Apple Discussions!
I might be stating something you are already aware of... but your "startup disk" is just the physical drive/partition your computer starts the OS from. Chances are it is labeled "Macintosh HD" and is located on your Desktop. By default, all drives/partitions that are mounted are displayed on the desktop, with the Startup Disk being on top. To check the available space on this drive, just double-click its icon, and look at the bottom of the finder window that opens. It should say "X.XX GB Available".
As a rule of thumb, I always leave about 5-10% of the disk clean. So if you have a 100 GB drive, you should have about 5-10 GB free for the computer to use for virtual memory/system cache. Once you start encroaching upon this sacred space, you have two options - 1) start erasing things to free up space or 2) add another hard drive for extra storage.
Hopefully that answers your question!
MyrkridianRhapsody wrote :
« By default, all drives/partitions that are mounted are displayed on the desktop, with the Startup Disk being on top. »
While we are touching the subject of the startup disc showing up on top of the others on the desktop, I am curious to know why that feature seems to have disappeared since I upgraded from Tiger to Leopard. Now, the icons of the discs remain exactly where they were when I initiate a restart, even if I use a different disc to startup. I found it quite useful, on occasions, to instantly see which disc was the one running the show just by glancing at the desktop.
Would someone know why that useful feature would have been removed from Leopard or, better still, how to restore it ?