Hi Pat,

In System Preferences > Other - TechTool Protection, check the Directory Backup 
If you have it set for every 4 hours, & if it is doing this on every drive that 
is ever connected to your Mac (backup drives / Time Machine etc)  it can create 
a very large folder.

I had similar to what you have explained below happen on a client’s computer 
and I checked the TechTool Pro Protection folder and it was over 100GB in size!

The folder containing all the TechTool directory backups is located in the main 
Hard Drive > Library > Application Support > TechTool Protection folder.
Drag any that are no longer required to the Trash, you will be asked for your 
administrator password.
Empty the trash when you have finished.

Restart you Mac.


On 02/07/2011, at 10:57 PM, Rob Phillips wrote:

> Hi Pat
> I am probably less qualified than others to respond, but in the interests of 
> urgency.... I can think of two causes:
> your hard disk is rapidly becoming corrupt and there is a decreasing amount 
> of usable space.
> something is writing huge amounts of stuff to some sort of log file
> For 1, I'd boot up off the installation DVD (hold down C on startup) and run 
> disk utility. Failing that reboot off the installation DVD in diagnostic mode 
> (hold down D on startup) and run the hardware test.  Techtools might help you 
> here too, but I haven't used these for 5+ years.
> If 1 is OK, look for files which are very large and increasing in size.
> Hope this helps, but things might not be looking good...
> Rob
> On 2/07/11 10:01 PM, Pat Scott wrote:
>> Yesterday the boot disk of my Mac Pro suddenly began filling up with 
>> something unknown. Tech tool Pro put up messages saying the disk had only 
>> 13% free space left, out of 320 GB.   The only thing I could think to do was 
>> try to find out where the excess was accumulating.  This seemed to be the 
>> Application Support folder in my Home folder. I moved an assortment of the 
>> folders to another disk (there are 3 disks), and this moved the added GBs 
>> out of the boot disk, so it was back to 140 GB free.
>> Today I did various jobs on the computer and things seemed normal until I 
>> tried to install Security Update 2011-004. The message came up that this 
>> update could not be installed on the boot disk because it was not suitable.  
>> Then I tried to install the OS 10.6.8 update, and it did install.   I tried 
>> the Security update again, and got the same message. Then Tech Tool Pro 
>> started its warnings again only this time there was only 4% of free space 
>> left and it was going down fast. Within a few minutes it was down to 600MB, 
>> so I shut it down quick.
>> I am totally at a loss as to what I should do.  To make things even more 
>> difficult, from Monday I have to be away for ten days.
>> I hope someone can advise me.
>> Thanks,
>> Pat

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