Here’s what I’m dealing with. I have a new Macbook Pro, running Snow Leopard, and a 320 gig hard drive. Right now, it’s a very pretty, albeit frustrating, paperweight.
I’m not a computer guy. I know how to turn them on and navigate around a bit, but when it comes to tech support-y things, my brain goes ‘‘pbbt’’.
Unfortunately, sometimes the ‘‘pbbt’’ happens anyway.
So when my mac started giving me messages saying that my startup disc was almost full (though still had about 250mb left), I didn’t really pay it much attention. I had loaded that baby to the max with my pics and music and I was planning a big cleaning up soon, so I figured as long as I didn’t download or save anything, I’d be ok until I could clean it out. Suddenly, I got a warning that my startup disc WAS full. When I checked, I had nothing. 0Kb. Not one scrap of memory left.
Now, I know that things get stored in temp files and such and when I restart my computer, my hd capacity usually increases by about 500mb. So, instead of being a smart computer guy and immediately dealing with the lack of space, I opted for the quick fix and restarted my computer. Hey, I had things to do and no time for a big hard drive cleaning at the moment.
Apparently, this was wrong. :smack:
Now, when I boot it up, it goes through the usual progression, (chime, spinny thing, apple logo and such) but then on the blue screen that usually comes just before my desktop appears, I get that same message ‘‘Your startup disc is full, please free space by deleting files, you wombly impossible moron etc, etc’’. And that is where it remains. It never actually takes me to my desktop. It just leaves me stranded on that deserted blue-screen island with naught but the stupid warning to keep me company. I can hit the power button and get the option to shut it down or put it to sleep, but that’s all I’m able to do.
I imagine the lack of space is preventing it from allowing Finder to launch, which prevents me from accessing my files, but because I can’t access them, I can’t free up any more space. I know I could boot from a disc, but I happen to be in London and my discs happen to be in the States. I’m also aware I can use my mac in ‘target mode’ wherein it becomes an external hard drive but for that, I need another mac computer and unfortunately, my girlfriend is of PC ilk.
Now, I’ve heard from someone who knows someone who’s heard that loading up a hard drive all the way to max capacity can cause ‘‘catastrophic data loss’’ (his exact words). This, obviously, frightens the bejeezus out of me. My last backup was a few months ago, but I have added much since then that is completely irreplaceable and quite important to me. Losing it would be a very very bad thing.
So, two-part question.
- Any mac experts know any way I can access my files so as to clear some room and restore my computer back to its glory days?
- Did I just royally and irreversably fuck up my hard drive?
I posted on Mac Forums and haven’t really gotten much useful advice, so once again, in Dope I trust.