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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Many many reasons may be causing your Mac computer running
slow, but generally two factors: hardware part & system part. For
hardware part: I guess it's OK if your Mac is not that old. For system
part: there might be a lot of junk files, caches, registry errors... out
there which largely slow down any Mac machines. about 80% slow Mac
caused by this reason, if so, try cleaning the system. Learn more from:
If you want a stand alone backup solution, you can download a free program called "Carbon Copy Cloner" and purchase a USB 2.0 external hard drive. You can use the CCC software to backup the entire contents of your Powerbook's hard drive or just selected files to the external USB hard drive.
If your Powerbook is unable to boot into OS X and you need to recover the files that are on the internal hard drive, you can boot the Powerbook into "Target Disk Mode" and transfer the files via firewire cable to another Mac. To do this do the following.
With both Macs off connect them with a firewire cable.
Turn on the Powerbook and hold down the "T" during startup.
Once the large icon shows up on screen your in "TDM".
Turn on the other Mac and login to your account.
The Powerbook's hard drive should mount on your desktop.
You'll be able to transfer your files from the Powerbook's hard drive just like you would an external hard drive, thumb drive, etc.
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Your memory most likely hasn't physically gone anywhere. There's two possibilities:
1) You've mistakenly confused the 1.33GHz processor speed as 1.33GB RAM. Not sure that 1.33GB RAM is possible on these, as there was always 256MB RAM soldered on the motherboard, and maximum you could add would have been 1024MB (1GB) extra. That would still yield only 1280MB, though.
2) You did have 1.33GB RAM at some point previously, and the RAM chip installed in there has failed. Usually when this happens, the computer will tell you with a service tone (or series of service tones) at startup instead of the usual boot chime.
You will have to repartition your hard drive. I would suggest the use of an application called partition magic. It will allow you to partition your hard drive even though the OS is present on the system. It does this by first defragmenting your hard drive and the putting the unused sectors together and the used sectors together this way it makes the division of the sections easier. Now once the hard drive is defragmented it allows you to section the drive into different logical hard drives. Follow the instructions from the documentation and you will have a successful repartitioning.