4 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2012 10:59 AM by Tom Meade1
Nanc117 Level 1 Level 1

My desktop iMac is running slow. The "Space Available" says only 4 GB available. What can I do to get more space and will that help it run faster?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Get yourself an external hard drive, and delete all the stuff you have accumulated!

  • Tom Meade1 Level 2 Level 2

    Compare 4 to the GB capacity of your HD by selecting it in Finder

    and Command-i (Get info). If 4 is less than say, 15% of total

    capacity you can reclaim space by deleting certain language

    support files, emptying the iPhoto Trash, Erasing Deleted

    Messages in Mail, Trashing unused applications, etc.

    Remember the R-click (Control-click) menu contains "Move

    (the selected file) To Trash. If you acquires an external HD

    you can move all your media (music, photos) to it saving

    gobs of space no doubt.


    Speed issues may be resolved if you were close to capacity

    and if not might be helped by ~ Disk Warrior, which re-writes

    the disk directory to utilize it more efficiently.


    You didn't outline your system so other steps might be



    Good luck, Tom

  • 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.).  Or transfer/move them all to a photo/movie storage site like ImageShack and Photobucket, 2 of the most popular  FREE  storage sites.


    Get rid of all your video & music files you no longer view and/or listen too.  Especially, if you already have the actual CD/DVDs or you can later redownload from a website.  Or transfer them all to a FREE video/movies and/or music storage site.


    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)


    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.



















  • Tom Meade1 Level 2 Level 2

    Good post!