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    Hard drive full. Why?
    I'm new to macs, always had a PC before. I have a mac book pro 2008.

    My hard drive seems to have filled up and I can't account for it. What is the quickest way to see where all the large files have been placed on the computer?

    Also, I regularly do software updates for the mac, and these always seem to be anywhere up to 200 mb per update and I've done loads of these updates. Are these updates partially responsible for filling up my HD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick777 View Post
    I'm new to macs, always had a PC before. I have a mac book pro 2008.

    My hard drive seems to have filled up and I can't account for it. What is the quickest way to see where all the large files have been placed on the computer?

    Also, I regularly do software updates for the mac, and these always seem to be anywhere up to 200 mb per update and I've done loads of these updates. Are these updates partially responsible for filling up my HD?
    Large files...probably your "Applications" folder.

    Do you have a lot of music or videos on your computer?

    - Nick

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    Hard Drive Still Full
    My applications folder is 6.9gb.

    The majority of my docs are on the desktop, 50 gb maximum, and yet my hard drive is 200gb, and I have no space left on the hard drive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick777 View Post
    My applications folder is 6.9gb.

    The majority of my docs are on the desktop, 50 gb maximum, and yet my hard drive is 200gb, and I have no space left on the hard drive!
    I'm sure those big files or folders are on your hard drive somewhere. I'm guessing your hard drive needs a good cleaning to free up some space...what would you do if your hard drive crashed!

    - Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick777 View Post
    My applications folder is 6.9gb.

    The majority of my docs are on the desktop, 50 gb maximum, and yet my hard drive is 200gb, and I have no space left on the hard drive!
    My dad told me once that files take up more space when they are on the desktop. I don't know if this is true, but if it is, then you should move (not copy!) them to a different location and put Aliases to them on your desktop. Aliases don't use any extra space.

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    Keeping apps on the desktop is not a good thing to do you can corrupt the file system. Do you ever clean out the bowser cashe,cookies or history. Do you have a file backup app running on automatic. backing up every day over and over.

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