Your Startup Disk Is Almost Full OSX - How to Fix

Introduction: Your Startup Disk Is Almost Full OSX - How to Fix

A full startup disk is something pretty common, especially if you have a MacBook Airs or Pro with a fast, but small SSDs. In this how-to article we’ll go through several options available to fix a startup disk full problem

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Step 1: Empty the Trash

  • Ctrl + Click your trash
  • Select and click empty trash.

Step 2: Delete Large Files

  • Press command + n
  • Click on your gear icon, scroll down, click show search criteria.
  • Choose kind is movies.
  • Select “file size”, and filter the amount you want to delete.
  • Highlight the files you want removed, press command + delete.

Step 3: Clean Up Downloads

  • Open Finder
  • Click on Downloads folder
  • Click on the gear icon
  • Scroll down to ‘Arrange By’
  • Select Size
  • Remove Largest files you don’t need

Step 4: Delete Stored Cache

  • Click on the Magnify glass in the top right corner
  • Search ‘terminal’ in the search bar.
  • Once the widget launches you will see text that could be your name, highlight this text and copy it.
  • Open finder
  • Paste the text in the search bar. (Make sure you’re searching through ‘This Mac’ and not ‘all my files’).
  • Click on the house icon. This will reveal the otherwise hidden user Library folder, click on it.
  • Find the “Caches” folder.

Step 5: Remove Unnecessary Applications

  • Go to your Applications folder
  • Right click the application you want to delete.
  • Click show package contents, if there is an application which says un-install, click this. Otherwise drag the whole application to the trash.

Step 6:

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    3 years ago

    Great way to solve this problem!