How can I free up space on my iMac startup disk?

Kathy Dickerson July 23, 2011
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How do I free up space on startup disk on iMac 10.6.8 ?

  1. oli
    April 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    please send me the solution to free startup disc on a mac

  2. Stepheninoz5
    March 17, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I need desperately to free my space up on my i mac start up.please...........can anyone help?

  3. K. Dickerson
    July 24, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Mike,
    Thank you so much for help.  I did clear cache, but forgot about Chrome, Opera, Firefox,etc.  In fact, when in panic mode (receiving message that I could not update software because of space), I deleted Firefox..might have to add this back for Youtube use.  I didn't know about cleaning the users' library, but I wanted to tap it too, but was scared..user folder(home folder) was using hundreds of GB!  Turning "fire vault" Off seemed to do the trick: freed up 100s of GB!
     If you want a real challenge, try to delete pics from your iPhoto or images from Image folder..you delete, delete, delete, empty trash, but photos reappear in iTunes library, etc.  I had hundreds of images in image folder: clothes, shoes,furniture, gardening.. just anything that I had ever looked at online..I wasn't aware that these were staying with me for life! on my computer!! WTH !   Thanks again!

  4. Mike
    July 24, 2011 at 1:33 am

    To give you some pointers:
    clear your browsing data/history within Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox ...

    contents of the following folders are safe to be deleted

    /Users/yourname/Library/Mail Downloads
    /Users/yourname/Library/Caches

    Empty your Trash! Because that's where all the deleted files end up in.
    And all our favorite tool ~now also for the Mac
    http://www.piriform.com/mac/ccleaner

    • mazamora
      February 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks again

  5. Anonymous
    July 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Monolingual
    http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/

    visualize what is taking up all your space on the hard drive
    GrandPerspective
    http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/

    OmniDiskSweeper
    http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/

    • k.dickerson
      July 24, 2011 at 5:52 am

      ha14,
      Thank you for your quick reply.  Per your suggestion, I did use monolingual, and it did free up some space.  After deleting for hours and with help from Apple Support, it appears that the real culprit was my Fire vault was On and needed to be Off and then a 'restart."   And "poof" 500 available GB appeared !  Amazing!

      • Tina
        July 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

        Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your solution!

    • mazamora
      February 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Thanks so much for this info... shineOn

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