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Problem with Erace Free Space


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I left bout 5GB space and wonder what took so much space as my notebook is 120GB and I don't have much huge file besides 30GB of songs+pictures, the rest are basically in word format.... I just run the 'Erase Free Space', then a window popped up said I need to spare more space and something like that, then it's just stop running.... now my space capacity show 'ZERO KB'......

Anyone can help me with any suggestion? HELP~~~ SOS~~~

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Welcome to the Forum. My first question is - what are u doing for back ups? That answer might suggest a path to sort your problem.
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I had the same thing happen... I think while it is erasing free space is has some sort of an issue. I don't recall exactly what I did... maybe a reboot? Then it showed the proper amount of free space.
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I could be wrong, but I think that the erase free space feature works by writing to the free space and then erasing it. If the process is interrupted before it could erase what it wrote then your HD will be full. I'm not sure how to fix it though...

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You are correct, eliehass, it seemed to resolve itself for me. I was freaking out though, any time all your hard disk space disappears it's a scary scenario.
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Funny, it shows 4.79GB space available after I restart my computer..... I wonder what's wrong with it.....

I believe it might be temporarily files that I've deleted from trash.... Any idea how can I solve it? I'm not dare to try 'erase free space' at all.....
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I think you are trying to use erase free space to free up space on your hard drive. That is not what erase free space does. Erase free space just takes whatever space on your hard drive is already free, and writes over it, securely wiping whatever used to be there. If you want to actually free up space on your hard drive you can try using omnidisksweeper to figure out exactly what is eating up all of your space.

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hey eliehass! Thanks alot!! The program really helps alot and I have bout 14GB now!!!

Thanks everyone for the comments... thanks!!!
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Had to interject... do NOT interrupt the "Erase Free Space" process. You might be tempted to because it takes so long and it eventually takes up all your free space, which is then deleted in one big chunk. I made the mistake of interrupting it and I had 0 disk space left and couldn't figure out how to delete it myself. Eventually I had to take it to the Genius Bar and they were able to get rid of it for me. Don't know what I would have done without them.
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