Macbook pro hangs at Apple logo with spinning circle - disk 100% full.
Posted on 2012-08-11
Let's preface this by saying I'm not an 'Apple guy', so go easy on me!
My wife has an older (2008) Macbook Pro 15" that had been working pretty well, with the exception of a problem with its DVD drive going bad. We hadn't yet replaced the drive.
It had also been giving her a 'disk is getting full' type message that she had been ignoring for a few months, which probably plays into the problem that we are now having.
Our youngest child had been doing something on the machine, and reported that it was no longer working. My wife looked and thought she saw something about an update, but upon rebooting, the macbook now hangs at the apple logo with the spinning circle.
We've messed with it a bit after reading some user group articles, without success.
Today, I dug a little deeper, and got to a command prompt. I can see from a df command that the drive is 100% full.
My question is, if the drive is 100% full and our little one somehow kicked off an update of some sort, could this cause our current problems?
Second question would be, can someone walk me through how to delete some files to clear up enough space to try to get the thing to boot?