8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2010 11:47 AM by TobyandMax
TobyandMax Level 1 (0 points)
I cannot download anything now as I get a message that reads, startup is almost full, you need to empty. I have emptied my downloads and my documents and then emptied my trash again. The message is still coming up.

Also, I have looked everywhere I know and cannot find anything that says startup disc. Where is the doggone thing?? I did go to the Apple and more info and found 'startup items' in the list, but it was already empty.

Also I cannot update because of this.

Please help me with clear instructions as I am not very computer savvy on these type of things.

MacBook Pro

Thank you, Sandy

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • JoeyR Level 6 (8,280 points)
    "Startup Items" are programs/applications that launch when you start up your machine (or more specifically, login). Your startup disk is just your regular disk drive in your machine. Just referring to it as your hard drive would probably make it less confusing, but some desktop Macs may have multiple drives so identifying it as the "startup" drive avoids confusion in those cases (MacBooks may also have external drives or in some unique configurations, two internal drives).

    The link in the previous post is a great place to start.
  • TobyandMax Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you for your input. I went to the above link, but the problem is I cannot find my startup disc to empty it. When I did what the link said, go to HD, the only icon that has startup on it is "startup items" and it is empty. What do I do?? I am getting really frustrated, I have spent HOURS on this.

    thank you again so much,
  • sig Level 8 (35,785 points)
    I think first you need to get more familiar with your MBP.

    Switching from Windows to Mac OS X: http://www.apple.com/support/switch101/
    Basic Tutorials on using a Mac: http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/
    Mac 101: Mac Essentials: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2477
    Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts: http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=11746203#
    Anatomy of a Mac: http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/
    MacTips: http://mactips.info/
    Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596804268
  • GizmosTail Level 1 (55 points)
    @ TobyandMax, don't over complicate what you are looking at. If you have one hard drive in your Macbook Pro then that is your startup disk....doesn't matter what it's called. I think mine is called 'Macintosh'. The error is telling you that your hard drive (startup disk) is getting full and to delete or move files to free up space. The disk itself is visible in finder if the icon is not on your desktop.
  • TobyandMax Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you GizmosTail, I did exactly what you said and in my MacIntosh HD it seemed that the applications folder was the only one with stuff in it to delete, everything else in it, Library, etc. seemed important. I deleted quite a few large items that are not needed. I emptied my trash. I then went to update, as that tells me quickly if I am going to get the message again or not. And I did. I don't know what else to do. Sorry to be so whiny about this.

    Do you have any more ideas?? Anyone please?

    thank you,
  • GizmosTail Level 1 (55 points)
    In the link that I provided, do the first (3) steps now that you know where Macintosh HD is. What is the capacity and available space on the disk? It will be a number followed by GB.
  • TobyandMax Level 1 (0 points)
    The capacity is 111.47 GB and I had used 111.30 used. I read your link and had room to download the program that takes out the foreign languages. Now I have 3.63 available.

    What I truly don't understand is trashed alot of programs in downloads and applications, etc. Large programs, I trashed IWeb and that was about 300 GB, or was it MB? but none of these show up as more space when I check. Could I be deleting them incorrectly, and they are still somewhere else on the computer? I would drag the icon into the trash and it would be there when I emptied it. Why wouldn't all those deleted programs show up as more space?

    All the stuff I still have on my computer I have had on for a long time and need. I think I would have enough working space if the deleted things would give me more space. Any idea why this is happening?

    I left my computer on all night last night so the auto cleanup program that Mac does would work. I haven't had my computer on all night for many months. I learned that from your link also. I was going to try the Terminal code to check for when it was last done, but thought I might be doing it wrong and didn't want to change anything in the computer, so I stopped, but then the terminal icon was on my dock, and so I thought I closed it, anyway it was gone. I believe it said "eject". I went back into the spot where I originally found it and its not there now. Is that ok?

    By the way, if I were back in the states I would go to my nearby Apple store for some answers but I am living for awhile now in Panama and mac help is few.

    Thank you again so much, Sandy