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System Volume Full error

I have an IMAC running OSX 10.? which I rarely use (it's the kids machine) and consequently I'm not very adept at using.  This week I was trying to cut my brother a DVD from a mini-DV tape using iDVD.  I can control the camera fine but when I tried to use the one step DVD feature, within seconds of starting the process, I get a 'system volume full' error.  I see that I have lots of GB's of hard disk space unused so can someone please help me with what this error message means and how to rectify it.  

Thanks very much.
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strungCommented:
How many GIGs to you have free? My guess is that burning a DVD involves first making an invisible disk image on your drive which could be up to 5 gigs.
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djmaAuthor Commented:
10.4 GB is what is currently free.
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dcliveCommented:
Is this iDVD 6.01, with all the latest updates?  If not, be sure you've done a software update on all of your software (system and all apps) and try again.
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lesouefCommented:
iDVD documentation says you need 8 to 10 GB free for a simple layer DVD, and 15 to 20 for a double layer DVD...
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djmaAuthor Commented:
It is IDVD 5.something.  I just ran software updates but saw lesouef's comments as I write this.  Let's see what I can clear up and I'll get back to you all.

Thanks.
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lesouefCommented:
if you can't get rid of anything, try compressing some fodlers (create an archive, which in osX means creates a zipped file), and deletes zipped stuff
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dcliveCommented:
I don't see any errors like that on Apple's support forum (http://www.apple.com/support/idvd/) - is that the EXACT, word-for-word message you get?  
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dcliveCommented:
Can you get back to us on:

1.  Full version of iDVD used.
2.  Full version of MacOS used.
3.  Exact text of error message.
4.  Statement from you concerning how many GBs of free disk space you had *at the time you got the error* (ie not now - reproduce the error, then immediately see how many GBs of free space you have)

Thanks....
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pheidiusCommented:
As a dsik full error could come from a disk eror I would think running disk repair, running fix permissions , and then all maintenance scripts. If that doesn't work then try zeroing out the free space to see if it chokes on bad blocks or running a surface scan same same.
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djmaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, as I may have mentioned...I am seldom on the Apple computer.  I have been up to my ears on an unrelated project but will hopefully get to this problem this weekend.  I'll let you all know.
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pheidiusCommented:
o one more thing there is a free app you can get called OmniDiskSweeper. This  app will let you see everything on your drive. For 14 bucks or so they will let you delete files using  their interface.
http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnidisksweeper/
It is very easy to use
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