14 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2013 9:13 PM by CMCSK
Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am having problems with my macbook pro being extremely slow. When I restart, it stays on the grey start up screen for about 5 minutes and then I'm finally able to log on. I check the pie under activity monitor and there's plenty of space.  As soon as I start using the internet things come to a halt with the spinning ball and I check my pie again and it's completly full.  I went to disc utility and clicked on utilities and then went to repair disc permissions and a whole bunch of stuff came up.  The problem returns no matter what I do.  But really, despite reading the forums I can't figure out what I'm even looking for and how to repair things.  Here are my specs:

 

I'm running snow leopard

 

MacBook Pro
Model Identifier:     MacBookPro8,3
Processor Name:     Intel Core i7
Processor Speed:     2.3 GHz
Number of Processors:     1
Total Number of Cores:     4
L2 Cache (per Core):     256 KB
L3 Cache:     8 MB
Memory:     4 GB

 

Mac OS X
Version 10.6.8

 

Any help would be most appreciated!


MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
  • 1. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    How large is your hard drive and how much hard drive space do you have left?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 2. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Where do I go to check this?

  • 3. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have 4GB

  • 4. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    Open up a Finder window.  Look at the bottom and it will tell you how much hard drive space that you have left.

     

    To find out how large your Hard Drive is, go to the System Profiler/About This Mac/More Info/Hardware/Serial-ATA/Capacity

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 5. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    You need to get rid of a lot of files or transfer them to an external drive or dvds.  Read the following;

     

    First thing you should do is to Empty the trash!

     

     

     

     

    Seven ways to free up drive space

     

    Where did my  Disk Space  go?

     

    Slimming your hard drive

     

    Seven ways to free up drive space

     

    OmniDiskSweeper is a free utility that checks HD space.

     

    FreeSpace cost $1 or is a free utility that checks HD space.

     

    SpaceControl is a free utility that checks HD space.

     

    FreeSpace cost $.99 - FreeSpace shows you how much space is available on all local, connected, and network drives with a single click.

     

     

     

     

    Rule of thumb: You should never let your hard drive get to where you have only 10-15% of space left.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 6. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have 673.91 GB available.  I empty out my trash religiously included the trash in my iphoto.  Is there a place I can go to find out what files are taking up space?  I don't have too many photos in iphoto but I do have a lot of images in my document folders.  I have movies and shows I've downloaded from itunes.  If the movies are in icloud are they taking up space on my hard drive.  Would all of this cause problems with my start up?

     

    Please bear with me if my questions seem stupid.

  • 7. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    Etiana wrote:

     

    Is there a place I can go to find out what files are taking up space? 

     

    Please bear with me if my questions seem stupid.

     

    I already posted links of software you can use to check where your space has gone.  You didn't click on any of the links?

     

     

    The ONLY stupid questions are the ones not asked!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 8. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm in the process of checking out the links.  It just seems like there is always problems along the way.  The first link about 'seven ways.." I'm suppose to go to a folder to clear out mail downloads but I followed the instructions and put the proper name in and it says "file not found" 

  • 9. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    Etiana wrote:

     

    I'm suppose to go to a folder to clear out mail downloads but I followed the instructions and put the proper name in and it says "file not found" 

    If you do not use Apple Mail, the file will not be there.  If you do use Apple Mail, follow the instructions again but this time copy paste ~/Library/Mail Downloads

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 10. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the proper link to copy and paste - that did the trick and I deleted those files.  There wern't a ton but every little bit helps.  I also did the clean up in my itunes that was suggested.  I've emptied the trash to clear out all those files.  Do I have to re-start to have more space show up?  I'm just concerned about re-starting with the problems I've been having.

     

    Okay, off to do the next item.

  • 11. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    After you are through cleaning house, do the following -

     

    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.

     

    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.

     

    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.

     

    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 12. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just so I can understand things better.  Why is it important to use the install disc and run Repair disk after I clean house? 

  • 13. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    Etiana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, I installed the Omnidiscsweeper but I have to admit I don't really understand what all of the data means and what I should be looking for.

  • 14. Re: Start up problems and full disc
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    To avoid directory damage.

     

     

    WhatSize is easier to use.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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