Large, sudden loss of a lot of free space

Last night I got a warning that my start-up memory was under 1 gig. I looked at my available free space on my Macbook and saw that it had gone from near 30 gigs to about 770 megs. I've looked everywhere I can think of and can't find any new folders or anything that has transfered to it to cause such a change. Any ideas?

I would start checking around my hdd trying to figure out what is taking up so much space. Start with your hdd folder, checking the size on each internal file, trickling down to find what really big on your hdd. if you get into a folder that says it contains a large amount of data, but you don't see anything big in there, it may be hidden stuff, i've had that before. in that case, try this out: http://guides.macrumors.com/Viewinghidden_files_on_aMac

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