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mcintosh151 Level 1 Level 1

I've had my new iMac for about 2 months. I went with the 500 GB hard drive because I'm not doing anything crazy on mine, and got by with a G4 iMac for alomst 10 years with a fraction of the space and never had an issue.


I keep receiving an error message stating that my Startup disk is almost full.. There is absolutely no way this is right. I have a little under 11 GB of music, and roughly the same in pictures. That is pretty much the extent of what I have put on here.


I read some posts in the forums, and ran OnyX automation per someone's recommendation which seemed to free up a tiny amount of space but nothing that will help my situation. You'll notice below that my Mac shows only 60 MEGABYTES being available, and that 460 GB are being occupied by files in the "Other" category..


If anyone has any insight I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help.



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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 500 GB Hard Drive
  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5

    you can run Disk Utility>Repair permissions and see if that changes anything.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10

    Reboot and see whether there's any change. Repairing permissions will have no effect.

  • mcintosh151 Level 1 Level 1

    I have done both, with no success.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10

    Select the "Macintosh HD" icon in the Finder and open the Info window. In the General section, how much space is shown as Available?

  • mcintosh151 Level 1 Level 1

    It says the same thing as the screen shot.. the amount varies every time but stays right around 300 MB.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10

    Boot in safe mode by holding down the shift key at startup. If possible (which it may not be), use a tool such as OmniDiskSweeper to explore your volume and find out what's taking up the space.


    Proceed further only if the problem hasn't been solved.


    ODS can't see the whole filesystem when you run it just by double-clicking; it only sees files that you have permission to read. To really see everything, you have to run it as root.


    First, back up all data if you haven't already done so. No matter what happens, you should be able to restore your system to the state it was in at the time of that backup.


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ If you’re running Mac OS X 10.7 or later, open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the page that opens.


    Drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:


    sudo /Applications/


    You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up.


    I don't recommend that you make a habit of this. Don't delete anything while running ODS as root. When you're done with it, quit it and also quit Terminal.

  • mcintosh151 Level 1 Level 1

    Apple Care has helped me resolve my issue! Apparently, there is a bug within the Mail Application that results in some storage issues.


    The Fix

    Finder->hold down option key and select "Go"->Library->Mail->V2->Mailboxes->Drag the "Recovered Messages" file to the trash->Reboot computer.


    I now have 450 GB of storage available, and I guess will just use my mail provider's web site to access my mail. Thanks everyone for their help!

  • elmusico Level 1 Level 1

    That worked like a charm ... Thanks!!!

  • acmakin Level 1 Level 1

    I agree worked great!!! Thanks a bunch

  • RockawayMonkey Level 1 Level 1

    I think I have the same problem but I don't see a "Recovered Messages" file or folder in Mailboxes. Is there a trick to finding it?

  • acmakin Level 1 Level 1

    It's in the finder --> then you hold down the option key while selecting the GO tab at the top. Then follow the path listed above.

  • josearaujo Level 1 Level 1

    Hi, I have MacOS 10.6 and I cant find a mail folder after Library. Also, in my Go tab I cant find the library folder there, just if I would go with finder only. I have the same issue of disk almost full like the others. Thanks for the help!

  • ayalm Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem as well, and can't find the "Recovered Messages" folder. I was able to locate Library->Mail->V2->Mailboxes, but there is only one folder under Mailboxes named Outbox.mbox.


    I'm sure the issue is with Mail, because whenever it's open, I can actually see my HD space counting down, withour me doing anything!!!


    Any suggestions? Please help!!

  • NorthernMN Level 1 Level 1

    OMG! I have been searching for this fix! THANK YOU! How many people out there need this and cannot find this thread. I found it after searching for 2 weeks searching blogs online!

    It's about time and now I am back to loving my MacBook Air:) I was close to nuking it and I was walking around Apple bashing and so on.

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