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  1. #1

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    Nov 24, 2007
    full hard drive, but no files!
    hi -

    I'm running an old g4 466mghz using os9.1 an osx - tiger i think...

    Anyway -
    The osx partition reads as having 15gig of info, leaving about 84mgb ! So I'm getting an error saying 'boot disk is nearly full - delete some files' .

    however - I don't store much on this drive - I'm basically recording audio files to an external drive, and using the onboard h/drive as operating system...

    When I look thru the folders on the osx partition, I se nothing even remotely close to fact, it looks more like about 5gig....



  2. #2

    novicew's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2006
    Hamburg, Germany
    MacBook Pro | iMac(2.1 G5) | MacBook(2.16 C2D) | MacMini (1.67 CD) | iPhone 4 | iPad (3rd Gen)
    That could be the swap partition. The OS X needs about 5-15GB to store information when the RAM lacks enough space. This can be stored somewhere else but if you are not a computer savvy, this is not recommended.

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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    Download and Run ONYX and clean up all logs and caches

    see if that helps

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    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    13in macbook - 10.11 --- 21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP win 8
    Tiger has lots of files you cant see. If you only have 85 megabytes free, you don't have enough free space to run anything. You need to keep at least 1 or 2 gigabytes free for virtual memory space.

    If you look with Terminal, and go to the root of the drive you will see all the hidden stuff.
    cd /
    ls -lag
    Note: do NOT delete any of this stuff, OS X needs it to run.
    You can do as louishen suggests, run Onyx or some other util to clean out log files and caches.
    Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it!
    -Lazarus Long

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Oct 27, 2006
    Check out WhatSize. It will tell you what is eating your hard drive space.

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