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New to Mac, want to save HD space

by patbollin / July 6, 2005 6:18 AM PDT

The other week I bought my second mac product ( i loved my powerbook too the death), an ibook with 40 GB HD. When I first got it and before I did anything, it said that the HD only had 30GB of available space. I didnt think much about it but soon after, it said I had only 25.50GB of available space. Later that same day, the total went down to 24.01GB, and I hadn't installed anything, no widgets, NOTHING!
Is there a control panel where I can clean up the HD or uninstall programs?

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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Vanishing Space
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 6, 2005 10:16 AM PDT

Space should not just go away. Certainly not at that rate when you are doing nothing except running the screen saver.
Could you describe what you were doing as the available space was sliding away from you.
6Gb of space is a lot to loose for nothing.
Is this machine new and what is the OS that you are running?

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Vanishing Space
by patbollin / July 6, 2005 1:06 PM PDT
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Its brand new, running tiger. running limewire but all files go into external harddrive.

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But you said
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 7, 2005 5:53 AM PDT
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you were not doing anything when the space started to disappear.
You need to check exactly where your files from Limewire are going and what is happening to the ones that you do not download successfully

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Where?
by thegeekdeek / July 7, 2005 10:10 PM PDT
In reply to: But you said

Pard' me guys...silly question for a newbie...where do you find how much HD space is available?

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It is usually
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 7, 2005 10:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Where?

at the bottom of each open window.
Alternatively, you could hightlight the HD icon and select Get Info from the menu bar (Apple Key + I) will do the same.
Apple Menu/About this Mac/Computer and then "More Info", will give you all the information you might ever need.

Sounds like you need to start clicking on the menubars to "see what happens" a little more.

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