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    Quote Originally Posted by JuneThompson View Post
    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
    OK, great. Let us know when you get everything back up and running. Preventing it in the future is easy... keep track of the amount of space remaining on your flash drive. As I mentioned in a previous post, upgrading that drive is expensive but it can be done. External hard drives are inexpensive and easy to use.

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    Thank you. Very helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuneThompson View Post
    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".
    You still haven't told us what size hard drive you have. It would be nice for us to know...just so we can better understand what sort of limitations you are dealing with.

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    I do not know the size of the hard drive and won't be able to respond until I have my system back up and running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuneThompson View Post
    I do not know the size of the hard drive and won't be able to respond until I have my system back up and running.
    I see ok. I thought maybe your computer was running enough to check things out.

    When things are working...to determine the size of your hard drive (and amount of free space):

    - Go to your computers desktop
    - locate your hard drive icon on the desktop
    - do a "right click" on the hard drive icon

    This will bring up an "info" window. In the window look for:

    - "Capacity" (this is the total capacity/size of your hard drive)
    - "Available" (this is the amount of free space remaining)

    * Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuneThompson View Post
    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?
    Dropbox keeps a local copy of EVERYTHING you put in it, so yes.

    The other thing is Gmail which I access through Mail. because Gmail is basically web based, it that taking up hard drive space??
    A tiny bit, but not significant.

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

    that's it.
    Thanks
    I'd be VERY VERY suspicious of "Clean My Mac" as it sounds a lot like MacKeeper, the rip-off of all rip-off fake utility programs.

    But the more basic problem is that you've never told us the capacity of your boot drive, so it's impossible to know whether you have "too much stuff" on there or not!

    MBAs generally come with either 64GB or 128GB drives, and that is plenty for a basic complement of apps, but will run out SUPER FAST when you start adding media files (images, music, videos) to it. This sounds like what has happened to you.

    You don't have a lot of options here: it MAY be possible for you to get a larger SSD installed but I wouldn't recommend that route. The real answer is to move ALL your media libraries that are taking up large portions of your space onto an external hard drive (and that duplicated Dropbox folder as well). I've never tried with an SSD, but you can probably use Grand Perspective (free) to analyze what's taking up the space on your boot drive.

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