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What is eating my hard drive?

Hello, I am running a mac powerbook G4, 1 gig memory 80 gig hard drive. My hard drive seems to be running out yet I am a good housekeeper, I can account for about 50 gig max including the operating system.. haven't a scooby where the other 30 has gone,.. keep deleting photos and stuff, have cleared itunes, and the memory seems to disappear, had the book for about 3 and a half years...are there any caches I should be clearing? Cant find any as I would on a windoze or are they self clearing?

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Please download this disk cleanup tool for apple. It is called OnyX. Download and install it and it will free up your space which is stuck up somewhere between.

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