View Full Version : Cloning failed, sudden loss of hard drive capacity

06-11-2005, 05:41 PM

I tried to clone my Powerbook HD with SuperDuper to an external FireWire and it failed. After that I only have about 1 GB left on my hard drive, so something went horribly wrong. I launched WhatSize to see what was hogging all the HD space but unfortunately I didn't find anything.

Any suggestion how I can restore my lost HD space?

06-11-2005, 09:58 PM
Have you tried emptying the trash while the FW HD is conected and on? If that does not do anything, you have have to simply reformat your FW HD with Disk Utility. Do you have any valuable information on it? It sounds like it's basically useless at this point.

06-11-2005, 11:40 PM

What probably happened is that your firewire drive failed and "fell off the bus", and when this happened SuperDuper! wasn't told by the OS about the problem. We kept copying to the "mount point" (which looks like a folder), but that was then on your main system.

So, here's what to do. Reboot with the drive *not* attached. Then, use the "Go to folder" command in Finder to go to the "/Volumes" folder.

In there, you'll probably see a folder named the same as the backup drive (again -- make SURE the backup drive isn't attached). That's what's taking up the space.

Erase this folder and empty your trash, and the space should be back. Then, try the backup again.

06-12-2005, 07:22 AM
Thanks dnanian, problem solved.

06-12-2005, 11:59 AM
Great, nasu! Happy to be able to help.

06-13-2005, 04:28 AM
Any chance a future version of SD! could somehow detect that kind of runtime error and abort the backup instead of copying data to the wrong volume?

06-13-2005, 10:45 AM
We're trying to come up with an efficient method to do just that. Since we don't get a notification, it can be quite 'expensive' to do, and it doesn't happen very often at all.

But, we're looking into the issue (and have been for a while).

06-13-2005, 04:36 PM
I have tryed the same thing - the first time i used sd :eek:. I had to reinstall my system.

This is nice to know STUF ;)

06-13-2005, 04:39 PM
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