Startup Disk Full? Why all of the sudden?

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So I deleted A LOT of old files yesterday and went on to "Erase Free Disk Space" (To prevent recovery of previously deleted files without erasing the volume)... Sounded fine to me.
Out of nowhere, near the end of the process my Macbook Pro tells me my startup disk is near full and that I need to delete some random stuff.
What? Why? I just did, didn't I?

Today I discover some emotes on MSN are missing.

How do I fix this?
 
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Welcome to the Forum. Have you looked in HD at root level - what is the name of the big file that is taking up all the space? What OS are you on?
 
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Welcome to the Forum. Have you looked in HD at root level - what is the name of the big file that is taking up all the space? What OS are you on?

( I know nothing about Mac's BTW...)

OS X- Version 10.5.8

Memory- 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

I have no idea. My point was that I had just deleted old open office files and family photos and did the "Erase free disk space" thing and it told me I no longer had much memory available. Everything was fine before
 
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Sounds like the process of doing your clean up might have resulted in a corrupted file - perhaps as a first easy step download and install this and hope that sorts it.

and once that is sorted then good plan to look at back up issues - McBie gives some good parameters here
 
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The following disk images failed to mount.
MacOSXUpdCombo10. Not recognized.
 
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Maybe repair permission 1st then try that download again..

Applications>Utilities>Disk Utilities

Click on your HD then repair permissions. Log out then back in then do the dl again ..
 
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Mkai, Ill try that right now. It'll probably take an hour or two D: This is painful.
 
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Yea cool but if you dl that combo update you will have the .dmg file still so dont dl that again ...
Repair permissions shouldnt take that long either .....
 
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What worked for me

I have a 500GB macbook pro that was all of the sudden completely full. Following some advice on the forums, I downloaded OmniSweep - don't know how it worked because hard drive had 0 bytes available. Nonetheless, it identified for me that over 480 GB of the space was in the Mail Application in the form of recovered messages. I had linked three email accounts. As soon as I nuked those messages - not a problem because I have them in my original online accounts, it freed up all of that space. I just wanted to let someone know.
 

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