Freeing Up Space on The Hard Drive
- See Lion's Storage Display.
- You can remove data from your Home folder except for the /Home/Library/ folder.
- Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on freeing up space on your hard drive.
- Also see Freeing space on your Mac OS X startup disk.
You might consider turning off Time Machine snapshots:
Open the Terminal in the Utilities folder and enter or paste the appropriate command line. Press RETURN and enter your admin password when prompted. It will not be echoed.
To turn them ON: sudo tmutil enablelocal
To turn them OFF: sudo tmutil disablelocal
Note that turning them OFF will also delete all existing snapshots.
Hi, sorry, but my time machine is not on....does that matter? I started to do what you suggest and I got a warning that I might delete important files, which scared me I am wondering if my problem has something to do with this quoted below from another thread I found, but I can't figure out how to show the hidden files:
I have no idea why your startup disk is full, but I will relate what happened to mine in the even that it may help you. I happened to notice, after my grandchildren were on my Mac, that they had tried to send a large Photo Booth video file via my email to their Mom's email. The file was too large and as such the "send" failed. A few days later, I started getting the pop-up indicating my "startup disk was full...", and letting me know I should delete some files ASAP. That was odd, in that I have a 500GB hard drive and had never used more than about 1/5th of it in the past. I started reading "full disk" mysterious issue on this Community Board and found many other with a similar issue which related to recovered mail messages. I had no way to see what apps or folders/files were hogging my Hard Drive so after reading some posts, downloaded a freeware program (disk inventory X). This showed me that my Mail Messages were now occupying approx. 395 GB of my Hard Drive. I tried for quite some time to follow the advice of other folks posts and find and delete the offending files. Many posts told me I should downloaad some other freeware apps that would allow me to see "Hidden Files" on my Mac and thus delete the Recovered Message file. I found another Community Post that told me to select the show hidden folders and files in my Finder, but I couldn't see such a choice. Then I found out if you change "All Files..." and instead select "Other" in the finder choices it will indeed show the hidden folders/files and allow you to delete them if you dare. I was able to find the Recovered Message folder in my Mailbox (USER.>Library>Mail>etc. etc. etc. and then delte the file. I now have over 400GB available on my Hard Drive.