5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2013 7:19 PM by thomas_r.
charles945122003 Level 1 Level 1

Sometime ago (forgot when), my Mac will suddenly use up all the storage spaces and RAM.  I have to restart the computer then the used strorage will restore.  Glad that this doesn't always happen, but still occasionally.  Anyone knows what's the problem?

Please help me ^^


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion
  • DLMiller Level 2 Level 2

    Here's a link to the Mac Walware Guide for you to review if you belive think you might have a virus, but it doesn't sound like you really have one.

     

    http://www.reedcorner.net/mmg/

     

     

    I would also recommend trying the free "Memory Clean" app in the App Store to quickly free up memory on your mac. I use it daily and it's pretty good.

     

    Good luck!

  • charles945122003 Level 1 Level 1

    I will sure try the malware guide. Also I actually do use the release memory app which does help me at times.  Could this be a bug instead of virus? Just asking

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    I'm a little unclear on what problem you're actually having. Are you seeing your hard drive fill up and then empty when you restart? If so, how much free space is there on your hard drive immediately following a restart?

     

    Regarding RAM, keep in mind that unused RAM is wasted RAM. If your computer is working properly, having low free RAM is not a problem, unless you also have low inactive RAM. You shouldn't be purging inactive RAM, as that is RAM that can be used to help make your computer work faster, and the system will dump it on its own as needed.

  • charles945122003 Level 1 Level 1

    My Mac has a free storage of 38GB (I am using bootcamp so there is another 98GB in Windows, however I recently removed the partition because I bought a Windows 8 64-bit OEM and want to do a clean install).  Occasionally without any indications my Mac will start use up all the storage space available until there are only about 100MB left.  When I restart the computer, the 38GB of storage will come back.  The about this mac section only says the storage used up is from the others section, which doesn't surprise me but I don't know what it is.  Maybe a trojan?

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    No, this is not a Trojan, or any other kind of malware.

     

    Take a look here:

     

    http://pondini.org/OSX/DiskSpace.html

    http://pondini.org/OSX/LionStorage.html