9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 2, 2012 2:25 PM by Linc Davis
When Harry met Sally Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I keep getting a message that the start up disc is almost full and when I try to empty the trash to free up some space, it starts and then suddenly stops - won't empty at all. Help


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • leilaboxergirl Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

    take them out of trash and put like two things in trash and delete one by one. Or force quit every application then empty trash.

  • When Harry met Sally Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've done that but there is a LaunchU3.exe file which it is not moving out of trash. I have tied and it copies it into the temporary file I created but it is still in the trash file as well and even though it's the only one left in the trash it won't allow me to empty the trash.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (158,440 points)

    Reboot and try again.

  • When Harry met Sally Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nope - tried that but still doesn't remove trsh items. There's a LaunchU3.exe in there and it won't move anywhere. I wonder if this is causing the blockage?

    Really stuck for what to do as I can't work on any CS files becuase it keeps saying that the start up disc is full. What else can I try?

  • miles123 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Can ypu please check if your Time Machine is active ? Go to the menu bar and left-click on the Time Machine symbol. The select from teh fly-out menu: "Open Time Machine Prefernces" If it is enabled then disable and try to empty the trash.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (158,440 points)

    Are you using Boot Camp?

  • When Harry met Sally Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Checked that and found that the time machine was not on. Thought I'd try and see if I updated it whether it would work then but it seems to also be refusing to back up?! Getting message "Tiem machine could not complete backup" that its too large for the disc - yet I deleted all the files off the time machine???

  • When Harry met Sally Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No, not using Boot Camp

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (158,440 points)

    Back up all data if you haven’t already done so. Before proceeding, you must be sure you can restore your system to the state it’s in now.

     

    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 the space bar:

     

    rm -r

     

    Now switch to the Finder and drag the item(s) into the Terminal window. More text will be added to what you entered.

     

    Click in the Terminal window to activate it, then press return.

     

    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered — the text, please, not a screenshot.

     

    If any personal information appears in the output, edit before posting, but don’t remove the context.