7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2010 12:23 AM by BDAqua
wmensch Level 1 Level 1
HI. I keep getting this warning that my startup disk is full -- but I just recently deleted many files. how do I fix?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8
    So how full is it?

    When you open a Finder window, what does it say at the bottom of the window?

    You need at least 10GB free for OS X to operate properly.
  • wmensch Level 1 Level 1
    Well that might explain it -- it says 1.43 GB -- so I need to delete files or add more memory?

    Thanks for the quick response! Who knew?
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    You need to delete some files on the HD, Memory won't help this problem.

    How much free space is on the HD, where has all the space gone?

    OmniDiskSweeper is likely the easiest/best, and is now free...

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305454 Mac OS X 10.4: FileVault - "There isn't enough space on your hard disk..." alert

    Empty the trash!

    Open up your application folder & go through all your apps. Trash all the apps you no longer want and/or use.

    An easier way to do this is to open the Application folder in list view & press the Command+j keys.
    In the the dialog that appears, click the "This Window Only" button & the "Calculate All Sizes" check box.
    Wait a bit until your file & folder sizes have all been calculated, then click the "Size" column to sort your apps from the fattest to the most anorexic.

    Get rid of all your photo files you don't want and/or need. Same goes for those pics off the websites you downloaded (gifs, jpegs, etc.).

    Get rid of all your music files you no longer listen too. Especially, if you already have the actual CD/DVDs or you can later redownload from a website.

    Use Spotlight to make sure you got rid of everything. You can even trash directly from Spotlight!

    Drag what you don't want and/or need to the trash. Better yet, download this neat little shareware app demo called AppZapper. It basically does all the work for you by not only trashing the apps but the apps preference files, caches & all its associated files.

    Another software that does the above is AppDelete. Best of all this software is free!

    Burn what you want and/or need onto CDs or DVDs.
    Not everyone has the luxury of purchasing an external HD and/or Mobile accounts to store their "stuff.”

    You can check with your ISP to see if they offer free storage space. Most if not all do now-a-days.
    There are thousands if not millions of free storage facilities on the web also. Use your favorite search engine to search them out as they come in different storage sizes to fit your needs & wants.

    Check for duplicate fonts.
    Applications>Font Book
    Select “All Fonts”
    If you see any “black dots” next to any fonts this mean you have duplicates and/or multiple versions of these fonts.

    To clean this up, select a “black dotted” font or the Apple + click to select multiple dotted fonts;
    What the above does is turns off the duplicates & multiple version fonts. Not delete them.
    More than likely the “extras” were installed by other programs and/or other users.

    Clear out font caches
    Use FontNuke. It does all the work for you. And, best of all it’s FREE.

    Printer Drivers
    Get rid of all the printer drivers you don’t need & use except the ones for your current printer(s)/scanner(s).
    HD>Library>Printers Folder
    If you accidently threw something out that you needed for your printer/scanner it can be easily obtained from the manufacturer’s website and/or from the CD that came w/the printer/scanner.

    Garage Band
    Has about 1GB of loops stored. Get rid of some some them. You surely don’t use, like and/or need them all.
    HD>Library>Audio/Apple Loops>Apple>Apple Loops For GarageBand
    Or just get rid of the Garage Band app altogether if you don’t use it.

    Get rid of extra languages
    Strip your computer down to your “native” tongue.
    You can do this with a FREE utility called Monolingual. Another app that apparently does all the work for you. I’ve never used it. However, a lot of users here swear by & recommend it highly.
    However, there is a warning for *native English speakers*. Make sure you keep BOTH English and English (United States).

    Other Resources:

    HD Space Checkers:
    Disk Inventory X (FREE)

    WhatSize (SHAREWARE)

    OmniDiskSweeper (FREE)

    GrandPerspective (FREE - donation)

    Knowledge Base Article http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303602 Mac Maintenance Quick Assist
    Scroll down to "4) Prune Through Your Files".

    Slimming your hard drive

    Rule of thumb: You should never let your hard drive get to where you have only 10-15% of space left.

  • rccharles Level 6 Level 6
    Classic Mac OS
    Open up your application folder & go through all your apps. Trash all the apps you no longer want and/or use.

    Why are you suggesting the applications folder as the first place to look? Deleting the wrong application may mean the user will not be able to open some file. Applications are fairly small anyway. ( There are exceptions. )

    As a first step, I suggest running a program that finds the largest file on the system & delete accordingly.

    OmniDiskSweeper is likely the easiest/best, and is now free...


    after that, explore other options.

  • Laproch Level 1 Level 1
    My hard disk is so full I cannot start my computer. How can I unload stuff so I can run my reinstall disc? I can't get in to delete anything or to try any of the suggested downloads to delete stuff.

    I have been able to get disc 1 in and started, but it tells me I do not have enough gb to run the disc. I unchecked a few things like the bundle option and it will start the install, but it stops and says it cannot continue the installation.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
    Hi Laproch, and a warm welcome to the forums!

    While you may get help or a solution here, It's quite acceptable to start a new topic of your own, certainly feel free to start a new topic to attract more helpers to your particular situation, on this side it gets hard to respond to more than one person at a time & their particular situation, here's a link if as is often the case, it's hard to find out where to do it...


    Single user mode & some of those commands can be pretty dangerous, as in loss of all data, spaces are very important.

    how do i find the name of my hard drive and my short username to replace the other ones?

    just type cd /

    then ls -A for a listing, then cd /Users & so on...