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JuneThompson 03-25-2013 08:25 PM

Macbook air start up disc full
 
Help
when I logged in today, got message "start up disc full". I clicked okay and then received a full white page. no menu bar, no icons at bottom. fully white with no place to go.

Help please

chscag 03-25-2013 08:29 PM

The remedy is to remove things that you don't need from your MBA and put them on an external drive. Since the built in flash drive on the MBA is very expensive and difficult to upgrade, you need to keep close track of its remaining space.

Which model MacBook Air do you have? (Year and model) Also tell us what version of OS X you're running?

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 08:35 PM

Macbook air - start up full
 
Hi thank you for responding. My Macbook air is about 6 mod old. it was a standard model with no unusual upgrades. the software is the latest version of lion. I just installed latest upgrade about a week ago. I removed a large number of photos over this past weekend and did a special delete of those items from IPhoto.

My screen is fully white so I have NO access to anything

thanks for your help

xdunlapx 03-25-2013 08:50 PM

Being a newbie to Mac computers... I'm not sure if anything can be done other than to format/reinstall OS X. Do you have a backup of your computer on an external drive? Do you have a flash drive or self-made DVD of Lion you can use to reinstall using a USB/Firewire DVD drive? Hopefully you do have a backup of your files so that it will be relatively easy to put the important ones back on your computer once you reinstall.


I am not familiar with any other way of fixing the hard drive space issue.


Here is the link to the recovery page on apple.com: Apple - OS X Recovery restores your Mac with a few clicks.

I hope someone more knowlegable comes around and is able to help you further. Good luck!! I hope you get this fixed without much data loss.

chscag 03-25-2013 08:50 PM

Try this procedure:

Reboot your MacBook Air but this time hold down the Command and R keys at the same time. That should boot the machine to the "Recovery Partition". Why don't you try that and get back to us and we can go from there to see what can be done to get you back up again.

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 09:15 PM

hi
Having restarted with control R -
i now see a screen with OX Utilities. Options are restore from Time Machine (I use online carbonate), reinstall OSX (I downloaded lion version) Get help online and Disk Utility

Now what?

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 09:26 PM

Because I have everything backed up on Carbonite, I just decided to go ahead and reload OX Lion.
My question next is HOW CAN I KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE??? I do not keep much on this hard drive.

thank you very much

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 09:28 PM

Macbook air -- still in trouble
 
Well I wanted to go ahead and reinstall OX lion 10.8.
Forget that. I am told I need an additional 4.57 GB in order to reinstall OX lion.

Now what?

chscag 03-25-2013 09:46 PM

You need to first erase your drive using Disk Utility while in Recovery. That will free up the space so that you can reinstall. Otherwise you will not have enough room.

pigoo3 03-25-2013 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JuneThompson (Post 1505357)
My question next is HOW CAN I KEEP THIS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE??? I do not keep much on this hard drive.

You didn't tell us what size storage device you have...but obviously...the smaller the capacity of the storage device...the less that can be stored on it.

To avoid a full hard drive situation...you need to carefully monitor how full it is (amount of free space remaining). When free space gets low...you either need to delete some items...or back them up on another device (then delete them to free up space).

Quote:

Originally Posted by JuneThompson (Post 1505359)
Well I wanted to go ahead and reinstall OX lion 10.8.
Forget that. I am told I need an additional 4.57 GB in order to reinstall OX lion.

Now what?

See my post above...you need to remove/delete some items from yout MBA's internal storage device.

- Nick

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 09:50 PM

option to erase
 
Hi
I am in my utilities folder but see no option to erase. what command can I use to delete or erase?

thank you for your help

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 09:54 PM

okay, I found it. I believe I am on a path to recovery. That said, how can I prevent this in the future. I don't keep much on this machine
thank you

chscag 03-25-2013 09:54 PM

Use the option to format the drive as that will effectively erase it. Format it using the Mac OS Extended Journaled file system. The GUID partition scheme should be checked off by default, but make sure it is anyway. Let us know how you're getting on.

pigoo3 03-25-2013 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JuneThompson (Post 1505370)
okay, I found it. I believe I am on a path to recovery. That said, how can I prevent this in the future. I don't keep much on this machine
thank you

You mentioned this above...and I replied.:)

Even though you said that you don't keep much on this hard drive...you must keep enough on there AND be downloading enough new stuff...that your hard drive is filling up (otherwise it wouldn't be happening).;)

You have to carefully monitor how full your hard drive is getting (track how much free space you have)...and delete things as necessary.

Please tell us what size hard drive you have. The smaller it is...the easier it is to fill up.

- Nick

JuneThompson 03-25-2013 10:03 PM

hard drive space
 
Thank you for your note. I do not download anything from the web. I do keep photos on the machine for one week, then I move them to "dropbox". when I move them, I remove them from my machine. Could "dropbox" take up space on my hard drive, even though it is in the cloud?

The other thing is Gmail which I access through Mail. because Gmail is basically web based, it that taking up hard drive space??

Other than that, I have "clean my mac", and office for MAC.

that's it.
Thanks


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