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Had a hang while running a free space erase, now I have a gigantic temp file squatting on my HD. I've looked up how to get rid of it, but the most recent thing I found was regarding 10.4. I'm running 10.6 and the fix does not work. Help.
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What temp file is that? Where is it located? Depending on the location and type of file, you might need different approaches.

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What temp file is that? Where is it located? Depending on the location and type of file, you might need different approaches.
It's whatever temp file is created by Disk Utility when it erases free space.
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Restarting the machine will clear that file.

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Restarting the machine will clear that file.
Well I have some more available space now, 90-something MB instead of the less than 500 KB I had before. But no, that did not solve my problem.

This is what it looks like.


It should not be that way. If anyone could tell me how to find the file and delete it manually that would help a lot.
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The problem you have is not just what you stated in your OP.
What you have is a full hard drive that is going to fail shortly if you don't start clearing some major chunks of space. If you don't mind loosing all your data that's another story.
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The problem you have is not just what you stated in your OP.
What you have is a full hard drive that is going to fail shortly if you don't start clearing some major chunks of space. If you don't mind loosing all your data that's another story.
See this link to see my point:
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I have a full hard drive because that temporary file is filling it up. If I delete it that will solve my problem. I need somebody who knows how to find that temporary file and remove it.
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This will show you where everything is, and make it easy to locate the large file.
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