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My G4 went from 40 GB memory to 1 GB ?????

August 25, 2011 at 13:37:30
Specs: Windows XP
Is 1GB normal for a G$ It said 40 GB before

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August 29, 2011 at 15:17:59
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Sir, if nothing was known top have previously caused this, I would recommend that you run Disk Utility as soon as possible. Your hard disk may be failing. To open Disk Utility, switch to the Finder. You can do so by clicking the Finder icon that is at the very left of the Dock (the shelf or band of icons on the bottom of the screen), opening the Go menu in the menubar at the top of the screen, clicking Utilities, and then by finally opening Disk Utility. From there, select your hard disk in the left pane, and click Verify Disk. If Repair Disk is available in Disk Utility on your model, click it. If Disk Utility reports the disk is failing in the bottom pane, backup all your important data and have the disk replaced immediately. If nothing else, if you have the original, gray restore disc or the Apple Hardware Diagnostics stand-alone CD (both of which will work), you can further determine this problem and boot off one by holding down Option immediately after the chime. From there, select the disc, and do a hard disk test.

If the disk is healthy and is not failing, try to determine what is taking up all the space. If you recently did a massive file copy, back up the files to another drive or computer, and then delete those files from your G4. If a cluster of videos, (notably in high definition) are taking up space, delete these videos. Or, delete individual items that you are sure may be contributing to the problem. Additionally, in your web browser, empty the cache, and in Safari, reset the browser. This will help free up space.

Finally, if you are wiping free space in Disk Utility, this is normal. Wait for the process to complete, after which you will regain all your disk space, if a "Wipe Free Space" operation is what is causing the problem.

Thank you for posting; I hope you found this solution to your issue helpful. If not, please post back with any other concerns or comments. It was a pleasure to assist you.

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December 31, 2011 at 09:42:13
you might be getting confused between the difference of the ram and your harddrive. the 1 gb is probably your ram, and the 40 gb is your harddrive. this is true, yes?

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January 3, 2012 at 07:41:34
Actually, a really helpful tech at a place called Mac Guys in Costa Mesa California simply replaced the administrator and put me in as the new one, without password restrictions, did the upgrades, and now everything is working well.
At first I was sorry I purchased the G4, but now except for the graphics, I am glad I saved the money.

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