Recently my wife let me know that her Macbook would only work for about five minutes. Now in knowing that her technical knowledge is limited I asked specifically what that meant and she explained that she could visit web pages for a couple minutes and then her browser no longer worked. The computer was still on but no web pages would come up.
After a little troubleshooting I realized the Macbook was out of disk space. She uses Safari primarily so I imagine some temporary cache was filling up and not allowing future web pages to open up. She is running OS X 10.4 so I needed to find out how to clean up the disk a bit. I decided to do two things which included removing GarageBand which she has never used and archiving some of her older music and pictures.
Check Disk Space:
To check disk space on a mac you can open up a terminal window and issue the below command. A terminal window can be opened by opening the Finder window, clicking Application, clicking Utilities, and selecting Terminal from the available options.
To remove GarageBand all you need to do is open up the Finder window and do a search for GarageBand. In my case about 10 files and/or folders displayed in the results. I simply dragged all of the results in the Finder window to the Trash and then emptied the Trash. Immediately I noticed a gain of about 3.4 GB so I had some room to work now.
Archiving Old Pictures & Music:
Now I needed to connect to a network share at the house to move over the old pictures and music. Again I opened the finder window but this time I clicked on Network. I was able to locate the proper workgroup and computer I needed to connect to. I typed in the username and password to authenticate and then created a folder to drag the data to. The computer I was temporarily moving her data to has a DVD burner so I could burn the music and images on to DVD and provide them to her. Again I just highlighted the folder with all of the old data and this time instead of dragging to the trash I dragged it into the network share folder and things started copying. After the data was done being copied I deleted the data from the laptop and freed up plenty of space.