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Storage Issues

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by BroodsSexton, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. BroodsSexton

    BroodsSexton Member SoSH Member

    I don’t know where else to turn. My Mac keeps telling me i’m out of storage. But then I shut down and reboot and I have 12GB free. but within a couple hours it fills up again. Any helpful thoughts here?
  2. The Napkin

    The Napkin wise ass al kaprielian Dope SoSH Member

  3. BroodsSexton

    BroodsSexton Member SoSH Member

    I have no idea what any of that stuff means. I mean, I can follow some of the instructions and see that I am having log issues (apparently) but it's absolute tech gibberish to me.
  4. tonyandpals

    tonyandpals Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I know nothing about macs but I assume the use a paging file for virtual memory purposes, like a PC? So when you open a program, it runs in RAM. When you use up all your RAM, it starts using your disk space as virtual RAM. Sounds like you are using up your memory or running a program w/ a memory leak.
  5. CheapSeats

    CheapSeats Member SoSH Member


    Download that (first link at the top of the page), and wait until you get some sort of message saying your drive is full/almost full, then run it. See if there's a big block of something taking up space, and that might narrow it down.

    I've been almost entirely Mac-only at work and home for a while and I don't think I've ever run across this issue, though I did notice that once I hit a threshold of free disk space (15GB?) it started to suggest that I optimize my storage.

    I do agree with tonyandpals that there would be some sort of memory leak, or something using up your swap space, but that's a whole hell of a lot of space.
  6. glasspusher

    glasspusher Member SoSH Member

    12 GB free, out of how much? You do know that your SSD or hard drive is used for virtual memory as well? If your computer is less than 10 years old, 12GB isn't much space left. How much RAM do you have?

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