Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Mar 01, 2010
    Posts
    3
    Unhappy Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    I have a Unibody Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard. It had been giving me the 'your startup disc is almost full' messages for a day or so. I still had about 250mb and I was planning on doing a big cleanup very soon, so I didn't pay it much mind. Suddenly I got a message that told me my startup disk was completely full, and my programs started acting all funny. I checked my HD and found I suddendly had 0kb free.

    Great.

    I shut it completely down to deal with it later. Now, when I try to start it back up, it gets to the blue screen, and the same 'your startup disk is full' message pops up. I click ok, and then... nothing. It stays on the blue screen and doesn't budge. I can still press the power button and get the option of shutting down or restarting, but that's all I can do. I tried booting in safe mode, with the same result.

    I'm sure it's because there is zero hard disk space now, but I can't get it to boot up so I can clear anything away. Anybody have any bright ideas?

    Many thanks.

    PS. It's probably worth noting that I don't have access to another mac (thus can't use target mode), nor do I have access to any of the discs that came with it (I'm in London, they're in the States).

  2. #2
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    McBie's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 26, 2008
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    2,675
    Specs:
    2013 MBA 13" - OS X 10.10.5
    Do you have a bootable backup with you ?
    If so, you can boot from that and remove unneeded stuff from your internal disk.

    Cheers ... McBie
    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
    The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

  3. #3
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,469
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    If you have them...boot from the grey DVD that came with the computer or a black OS install disk...then clean up that hard drive.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  4. #4
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Mar 01, 2010
    Posts
    3
    I do have a 1TB external drive that I use for backups. Can I boot from that somehow? I don't have any of the discs that came with the computer, as I moved to another country and stupidly left them back home. I figured that once I shut off the computer, it would free up whatever was in any temp folders and leave me enough to start it back up.

    I was wrong.

  5. #5
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,469
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Quote Originally Posted by The_Brandon View Post
    I do have a 1TB external drive that I use for backups. Can I boot from that somehow? I don't have any of the discs that came with the computer, as I moved to another country and stupidly left them back home. I figured that once I shut off the computer, it would free up whatever was in any temp folders and leave me enough to start it back up.

    I was wrong.
    Here are a couple links regarding booting from an external drive:

    Can the MacBook Pro boot from an external Firewire or USB drive? @ EveryMac.com

    TidBITS : Booting an Intel iMac from an External Drive

    Alternatively...since you have a MacBook Pro...go to your nearest Apple Store in London and purchase a OS 10.6 Snow Leopard install disk for 25.00.

    That's a pretty cheap price to get access to your computers HD!

    Hope this helps,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  6. #6
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,231
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    To the OP:

    Just find the nearest Apple store in London and buy a retail Snow Leopard upgrade install DVD. The cost is $29.99 in the US. Convert that to UK currency and add whatever VAT and tax they charge. But that might be the most cost effective way to boot your machine - and you can also use the DVD for trouble shooting later on if the need arises.

    Regards.

  7. #7
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,469
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    To the OP:

    Just find the nearest Apple store in London and buy a retail Snow Leopard upgrade install DVD. The cost is $29.99 in the US. Convert that to UK currency and add whatever VAT and tax they charge. But that might be the most cost effective way to boot your machine - and you can also use the DVD for trouble shooting later on if the need arises.

    Regards.
    Hey...didn't I already suggest/recommend that?

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  8. #8
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,231
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    Hey, sorry about that Nick.... I either missed it or my glasses need changing!

    Not a good day for me.... I drove to Best Buy to return an item I bought earlier only to find out I left the receipt at home.

    Have fun with all those Macs.

    Regards.

  9. #9
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    31,469
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Hey, sorry about that Nick.... I either missed it or my glasses need changing!

    Not a good day for me.... I drove to Best Buy to return an item I bought earlier only to find out I left the receipt at home.
    Just teasing!...sometimes a great idea is worth repeating!

    Sorry to hear about your Best Buy return issue...I can DEFINITELY identify with driving all the way there...and forgetting the receipt!!!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  10. #10
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Jul 21, 2009
    Posts
    194
    Specs:
    Late 2008 MBP
    Without buying the disk your other option is to pull the hard drive out and use another mac to access it and delete some files (you will of course need an external enclosure to put the hard drive into but that might be cheaper than disks).

  11. #11
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Mar 01, 2010
    Posts
    3
    Thanks for the help guys

    I finally got it sorted. I found somebody to walk me through the process of booting in single mode and then we used the terminal interface to delete enough files to give myself space to launch finder. Kinda cool. Brought me back to my old DOS days...

    Anyway, thanks again for all your kind suggestions!

  12. #12
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Mar 02, 2010
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    76
    If anyone else happens to gets stuck with this, you can also plug your machine into a mates Mac with a firewire cable and turn on holding down T and it will show up as an external HD on their machine allowing you to delete stuff.

  13. #13
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Apr 15, 2013
    Posts
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Boybland View Post
    If anyone else happens to gets stuck with this, you can also plug your machine into a mates Mac with a firewire cable and turn on holding down T and it will show up as an external HD on their machine allowing you to delete stuff.
    Will this work with an Ethernet cable or does it have to be a firewire? Are there any other more readily available types of cables this will work with? Thanks.

  14. #14
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.

    Member Since
    Dec 04, 2014
    Posts
    1
    single user
    I successfully got into single user mode and need some help with commands to delete files to free up space.

    currently I am at-

    >

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Brandon View Post
    Thanks for the help guys

    I finally got it sorted. I found somebody to walk me through the process of booting in single mode and then we used the terminal interface to delete enough files to give myself space to launch finder. Kinda cool. Brought me back to my old DOS days...

    Anyway, thanks again for all your kind suggestions!

  15. #15
    Startup Disc Full. Mac won't boot. Me going insane.
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,231
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    I'm not sure that Terminal is a good place to start deleting files. A wrong deletion there and you could lose valuable data. Since you tagged on to an old thread (that's OK) it would help if you gave us particulars about your Mac and situation. Also, do you have access to another Mac? It's best to have someone there with you who has a good understanding of Terminal and can view your files at the same time. We have folks here in our forums who are Terminal geniuses but they can't "see" your files.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 2 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 2 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Startup disc is full warning
    By richfisher in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-28-2013, 01:18 AM
  2. Startup disc full??
    By cheddar-caveman in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-20-2012, 03:06 PM
  3. 'Startup Memory Disc' Full
    By TOGardener in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-30-2011, 09:35 AM
  4. Startup disk full? iMac won't fully boot!
    By Ronald S. Jr. in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 09-24-2010, 04:30 AM
  5. Macbook won't boot up, start up disc full.
    By adarkimpurity in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-19-2010, 07:30 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •