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    Question 'Startup Memory Disc' Full
    I am getting a message saying my start-up memory is full but I don't know how to get INTO the start-up memory to see what's there and delete anything unneeded.
    Does anyone have any ideas?

    In theory it should be easy:
    1. Get into list of Start up Disc memory items
    2. Delete unneeded Start Up Disc memory items
    but I have no idea how to view what is in my start up memory.

    Thanks!

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    'Startup Memory Disc' Full
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    'Startup Memory Disc' Full
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    Is it too late to fire up the question again? I'm struggling with the exact same problem, and at the risk of sounding REALLY dumb, the link didn't really give me any insight as to an instant 'go to' to...
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    How large is your HD, and how much free space do you have?

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    I've got: "Capacity: 26.88 GB, available: Zero KB, Used: 26.88 GB on disk"
    I think I'm in tune enough to work out the HD is full, but what I can't work out is a/ what can I or should I remove to free up space, b/ can I 'add' more HD space somehow(ie: go by my local Mac shop with the computer and pay to have something added/installed)? I *think* I just freed up 12 GB by moving iTunes (out of my 'Music' folder) to the trash, but I'm assuming I now have no music, nor iTunes...
    Sorry for the silly questions, but this is a bit frustrating for someone used to motorbikes, cycling and martial arts!!
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    Update: the removal of iTunes has freed up approx' 13 GB on the HD, so I think that's a step in the right direction...
    Clearly now, I've lost all of my music. I have the same library on my Macbook Pro, so I'm sure I can 'bring it back across', however, then I'll be back to square 1, re available size on the HD. Any thoughts out there in forum world?
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    Ok, what you have found out is that a full HD is useless, and to top that off, a good way to loose all your data in a Hard Drive failure.
    What you should do is go to OWC, to my OWC, put in the specs of your Mac, and it will show you the compatible HDs.

    MyOWC at OtherWorldComputing.com

    Now, as for your 12GB iTunes folder, yes, if you delete that you will lose all your music.
    What you want to do is get an external HD, and drag all the large files to the external HD.

    If you can give info on what Mac, OS, and the specs of your Mac, it will make it easier to guide you along the most efficient method to get you up and running again with minimal cost and effort.

    Also, then I can guide you to a video tutorial of how to change the HD yourself.

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    'Startup Memory Disc' Full
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    Epic Necrobumpings.

    Glad that you figured out that your HDD is full. An easy fix is to get an external HDD and start backing up your data.

    26.88 GB is tiny.
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    External HD purchased, and backing up about to commence!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    26.88 GB is tiny.
    Solution suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LTS Jayce View Post
    Solution suggestions?
    What computer model is this we're talking about?...I don't think you mentioned it. I'm pretty sure it's not the MacBook Pro listed in your profile.

    The obvious answer to the problem is install a larger hard drive...except that I'm guessing this is an older Macintosh with an IDE drive. IDE drives are getting a good bit more expensive than SATA drives (price/gigabyte)...especially if we're talking an older Powerbook or iBook with a 2.5" IDE drive.

    A second and much less expensive solution to the problem is...just don't let this 30gig hard drive get so full.

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