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The amount of free space can have a significant impact on system performance if you have multiple tasks going, routinely keep several programs open or work with large files.

Try this experiment with Activity Monitor to see what I mean:
1. Reboot your system then open Activity Monitor (in the Utilities folder) and set it to the System Memory Tab. Make note of the Pagein and Pageout values.
2. Launch other programs and go about your normal computing activities.
3. If the machine starts to perform badly look to see how much the pagein and out values have climbed. This is an indication of the amount of data being written to swap files on the hard drive.

In the search for additional free space you might want to check out OmniDiskSweeper - Products - The Omni Group Sometimes it finds files consuming space that people have forgotten about and no longer need on the main drive.

Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

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