My finder is crashing everyday. after a restart the computer runs perfectly, over the course of a day the finder operations (opening programs, folders etc.) slow dramatically (spinning beach ball, finder unresponsive) to the point that i have to manually restart by holding the power button. i have run Diskwarrior, Onyx and repaired permissions repeatedly, i even ran the small program rebuildosxdesktop and that made no difference. the only thing different about my setup is that I cloned my main drive 2 months ago and replaced it with a new WD Black caviar drive, I have 700 megs open space on the drive. Anyone see this before ?? any thoughts?
Yes - for a start, 700Mb free space means that your drive is almost out of free space altogether, and that can cause all kinds of distress to the OS. It's generally recommended not to go below 20% free space on the drive for good health, because the OS needs to be able to write contiguous data for the info it records about what's actually on the volume. Once the volume data starts getting really fragmented, the whole thing slows down horribly, and corruption and death are not too far behind.
My suggestion is to hive off some of your data onto a backup drive, and then do a full defrag (which itself needs a certain amount of free space to work properly).
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Yeah, the problem is likely the lack of free space. 700MB of drive space is not enough for OSX to function. Heck, a few background apps & utilities and one or two open apps will eat that up in no time. You need to get rid of some stuff off your HD, or buy a larger one.
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My guess is you meant 700 G free, not 700 M? If it is only 700 M I concur with the others.
If not it possibly has the look of a failing hard drive, but diskWarrior isn't reporting an error.
Open Console, click on All Messages, leave Console running so you can check it out when things start acting up. Anything interesting popping up in the messages, can't do this, error that etc? If you can't get to console when it acts up, note the time the machine was acting up and go back into the Console log after you reboot.
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