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I have an iMac(Intel) with 8 GB of memory and I do not believe I can add anymore. Both slots are filled with 4 GB. I am running OS 10.6.8

I was uploading photos today and got the message that the hard drive is running low on memory. What is the best way to handle this? Do I

buy portable hard drives to store some photo files or are there better suggestions. I am backing up everything on my iMac with a 4 bay Drobo but would like to keep photo files separate so I could find them easily. My iMac dates from May 2009.

Thanks for any suggestions.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Solved by den.thed on Oct 30, 2012 5:47 PM Solved
Your System Memory or RAM is maxed out at 8GB, however it sounds like your Hard Drive is full.  You can free up some space by moving either or both your iPhoto Library and iTunes Media Folder to an External HD. see > iPhoto: How to move the Library folder to a new location and > iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder However if you move your Libraries and Media Folder to an External Hard Drive, it is always wise to have them backed up using a second External Hard Drive.
Reply by babowa on Oct 30, 2012 5:39 PM Helpful
The hard drive (which is your storage space) isn't running low on memory - it could be running out of storage space. So how large is your hard drive (total) and how much free space is left? You need to have an absolute minimum of 10 - 15 GB of empty space at all times for the OS to operate properly (more is better). If your hard drive is nearly full, the best thing to do is to delete some items or move some space hogging items to an external drive permanently.
Reply by inandoutofgrace on Oct 30, 2012 5:38 PM Helpful
I would say go with an external drive, unless you want to deal with replacing your internal HD (BTW, the 8GB of RAM in your computer has no relation to your hard drive capacity). Also, you might want to see if you qualify for this HD recall even though it looks like you aren't affected:http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/ No harm in checking, anyway.

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