3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2012 10:46 AM by sheilaniner
sheilaniner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Wondering where half of GBs have gone on my iBook G4.  After adding the applications, iphoto and itunes usage, it seems as though 44 GB should be left but info only shows 2GB!!!  Am I missing something or is there a problem??

iBook G4 (14-inch Mid 2005), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,885 points)

    You need to delete some files ASAP.  Best to have greater than 2gig of free space.  Many posters to these forums state that you need much more free space: 5 gig to 10 gig or 10 percent of you hd size.



    Be careful when deleting files. A lot of people have trashed their system when deleting things. Place things in trash. Reboot & run your applications. Empty trash.


    Go after large files that you have created & know what they are.  Do not delete small files that are in a folder you do not know what the folder is for. Anything that is less than a megabyte is a small file these days.






    "The simple, fast way to save disk space"

    OmniDiskSweeper is now free!



    This will give you a list of files and folders sorted by size. Go after things you know that are big.



    These pages have some hints on freeing up space:






    Buy an external firewire harddrive.


    For a PPC computer, I recommend a firewire drive.


    Has everything interface:

    FireWire 800/400 + USB2, + eSATA 'Quad Interface'


    save a little money interface:

    FireWire 400 + USB 2.0

    This web page lists both external harddrive types. You may need to scroll to the right to see both.





    Buy a flash card.




    This will save you a gig of space.

    Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X,in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires at least Mac OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) and also works on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). It worked for me on 10.4


    A detailed write-up on how to use Monolingual:


  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,920 points)

    What was the hard drive capacity to begin with?


    The figure I've seen bandied about is 15% should be left as available space.


    The X Lab recommends a bare minimum of 10 GB of free space and has some tips on freeing up space:



  • sheilaniner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  I'll check into all of that.