the amount of space on a computer storage device, such as a hard disk, SSD, or USB flash drive

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Start up disk full due to backups

I am getting the "disk full" error message and my computer is running painfully slow. When I run OmniDiskSweeper to find out the culprit it shows that I have over 800GB in "Backups" most of them are ...
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Why is it important to keep lots of freespace on OSX? What is the impact?

I have a 500GB drive and have less than 50 GB free. Console is reporting several interesting errors saying I'm too low on space and it's cleaning up "stuff" 1/6/13 4:49:51.475 PM ...
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Mail application captures huge disk space

I found my startup disk free space to be very low and decreasing every minute without any files be downloaded or copied to my Macbook pro. I stopped running programs one by one and found when I stop ...
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Mac disk free space automatically decreases

I am running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) on MacBook Pro. A few days ago I found my free disk space is too low, so I tried to clean un-necessary files form disk myself and using some programs like ...
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Why Mac OS X requires any amount of free disk space?

I understand the OS needs some free disk space for running. So does windows or any *nix. But OS X is regarded as a very polished system and my question here is more like, shouldn't it already reserve ...
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MacBook Air reduces free space from 7GB to 1GB in after a few houres

I am using a Macbook Air with a 64GB HDD and Mountain Lion installed on it. When I reboot my Air, it shows that I have 7GB free disk space. But after a couple of hours, the system says my disk is ...
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Why is Usage reporting Camera and Photos using so much space?

On my iPad 3, if I check Usage the system reports that Camera and Photos, and specifically the Photostream, is consuming nearly 5GB of space. I have turned off the Photostream to verify but it only ...
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What causes the temporary loss of around 20GB of hard drive space while using XCode?

I've got a hard disk of 120GB (20GB free space). I'm a developer in XCode and sometimes I get the "low disk space error"-message that I can't even save my coded files before cleaning some of the ...
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Large difference in reported free disk space

I have a strange discrepancy in the amount of free disk space that's being reported. The finder says: My iStat Menus says: Which is the same as df -h reports: remco@Prosperpine ~ $ df -h ...
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Mac OS X with swap turned off uses 6 GB of space in a few hours of heavy use

I have few GBs (5,38 GB at the moment) of free space on my hard disk (MacBook Pro 2010, 10.7.5). Few hours after I turn on/reboot my computer, the free space slowly goes down to zero and the system ...
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Why can't I download anymore apps on my iPad?

I think I don't have anymore space. So what do I do now? Help?
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What is the /data/db folder in OS X?

I'm using OS X 10.6.8 and cleaning up my almost full hard-drive using the free tool Disk Inventory X. I stumbled upon the /data/db folder which weighs more than 600Mb. Before deleting some of its ...
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Deleted over 4TB on Promise VTrak, still shows as full

This is not a duplicate of Why is my hard drive still full after deleting files? I have of course attempted all methods mentioned there. Via the terminal I can see nothing listed on the drive. I was ...
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What is Mobile Sync - Backup and why is it taking so much space?

I was checking my directory and found out that the Folder Backup in Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup, is taking 13GB of my Harddisk ... What is this and why is taking so much space ...
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How to check what applications are taking most storage memory?

I have 380GB left on my SSD and was wondering how much space my applications are using. Is there a way to check this?
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Mysterious hard disk space vanishing?

I'm running Snow Leopard on a Late 2009 unibody MacBook. At the moment I was trying to do some late spring cleaning, and clearing up some HDD space. Now here's the weird part: My User's folder shows ...
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JDiskReport is damaged, can't be opened

I have tried downloading and running JDiskReport 1.4 a few times now, and after unzipping it and clicking on the executable I get the message: "JDiskReport" is damaged and can't be opened. You ...
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Why is my Legacy FileVault image larger than the physical disk?

I'm still running Snow Leopard and recently enabled FileVault on my home directory. I noticed that the OS X thinks my home directory is 1TB, which is strange because the hard disk in my laptop is ...
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Delete Stored Offline Attachments in Mail.app

I'm using Apple Mail and have noticed that the ~/Library/Mail/V2 folder is using up over a gigabyte of space. I'm guessing that a lot of that is stored attachments for my email messages. I've already ...
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What is safe to delete in order for system to work properly?

I'm looking for anything that can be deleted and that don't required by system to work properly. So far I'm delete DVD Player.app, Chess.app, Photo Booth.app, Stickies.app, Dashboard, Launchpad.app ...
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iPhone Backup Restore Ate 30 GB of HD Space - How to Clean

Restoring my iPhone backup ate about 30 GB of hard drive space. I had to keep up with it deleting files the whole time it was running. Not much fun. I'm guessing it extracted a bunch of files ...
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Why do I have 8.3 GB mail on my hard drive even when using gmail?

I am short of space on my 128 GB SSD so I've been using Grand Inspector to see what has been using up all this space. I found that in Library/mail/v2 there is 8.2 GB of email. What is this and how ...
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How to find out which files currently in my iPod would be deleted or modified if I synchronize it?

The brief version of my question is pretty much what the title says: How can I safely determine which of the files currently in my iPod would be deleted or modified if I synchronized it in iTunes? ...
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Can the 4th Gen iPod Touch really hold more songs with the same amount of internal memory?

I was price shopping for an iPod Touch and I came across this on eBay: All four generations are shown with 8GB of storage. The number of songs each can hold is shown as 1750, except the 4th gen. ...
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USB pendrive/disk formatting clarification

I have three doubts regarding USB pendrive formatting. 1) Is there is any simple/quick way to format the USB pendrive from MacBook Pro? Now, I am doing this by Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility ...
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Is it safe to delete ipsw files?

I just updated my iPod Touch to iOS 5.1. During the process, iTunes downloaded a 750MB file: ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/iPod4,1_5.1_9B176_Restore.ipsw. I have no use for this file anymore, ...
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Where does iTunes save iOS updates?

When I choose to install a new version of iOS on my device via iTunes, the installation file is huge (e.g. 750 MB). Where does iTunes save this file, and does it get deleted after the installation is ...
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Reducing Lion OS Footprint by removing unnecessary files/folders

I am trying to downsize my iMac 640Gb disk to make it fit onto a 120Gb (113Gb usable) SSD. The total size of use files is currently approximately 340Gb, of which my home folder accounts for 265Gb ...
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What's the easiest way to free up disk space on my iMac with a huge photo library?

This is a hybrid hardware/software question with a few more factors than the typical "freeing disk space" question. I have an older iMac with (I think) about a 250 GB hard drive. It's been running ...
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Increase the size of bootcamp of Windows 7 on virtual machine

Someone just helped me install VMWare Fusion and Windows 7 as virtual machine. And I realize that the disk BOOTCAMP (C:) for Windows 7 is just 39.90 Go, which will be too small... The disk Z is the ...
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How do I find how much disk space a program is occupying?

How do I find out how much disk space a program such as Skype occupies? My SSD is getting full, and I want to see what can be deleted.
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Not enough space to migrate from Legacy FileVault to FileVault 2

When I try to change from using Legacy FileVault to the new FileVault in Lion, it says that I don't have enough disk space. What are my options besides having to delete bunch of files? (20 GB in my ...
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Gigabytes of disk space shown as hidden space in DaisyDisk

My disk space usage doesn't add up. I should have used only about 80 gigabytes, but according to DaisyDisk about 25 gigabytes is taken up by hidden space. The mystery disk space seems to be classified ...
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Does using the new FileVault use up less disk space than Legacy FileVault?

I was using (Legacy) FileVault on Snow Leopard and when I upgraded to Lion, it kept me on Legacy FileVault. I notice that FileVault uses a lot of disk space which is then recovered once I log out. ...
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Do Apple Software Updates really take up as much space as it shows in the size column?

When you go to update your Mac software via Apple Update, each line item contains the size of the file. Is this the size of the download or the actual size it will take up once the update is ...
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Disk space not freed up after delete

I had approx 50Gb of Windows VMs on my MacBook Pro internal SSD (128Gb) (OS X 10.7.3). I copied them to an external drive, then deleted them from the internal drive, then emptied the trash. When I ...
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How can I tell what is using disk space by category and monitor changes?

Is there a simple way to determine what is using disk space on a Mac OS X installation? Obviously single files and directories is straightforward, but how about at a slightly higher level ...
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Can I recapture space on Macbook Air by deleting iOS apps?

Starting to run out of space on the Macbook Air. Since I can download any purchased app to my iPhone anytime I want, i don't need them or want them on my Macbook Air. I already have them not syncing ...
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How to find where files reside on a partition

I'm trying to use Bootcamp to install a Windows partition. But it gives this error message. I remember there was a program that let you see where all the files are on the partition and how much ...
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Remove email attachments from iPhone

After having clicked on an attachment in an email to download and see/read it... is there a way to remove it again? I don't want to delete the email or the attachment from the email server, I just ...
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Can I move Applications to another partition?

My Startup disk partition is just 20 GB and I'm running out of space. What's the safe way to transfer Applications folder to the other partition? Can I just move all apps into a folder on the other ...
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FileVault sparsefile uses double of actual allocated disk space

I just noticed that for some reason disk usage (du) reports that FileVault in my home directory would use its allocated disk space twice: [/Users]% sudo du -h -d 1 . 184G ./.moo 170G ./moo 204K ...
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Prevent automatic removal of the Spotlight index due to low disk space

I am guessing that when disk space runs low, it automatically deletes the Spotlight index to make room for virtual memory. Then when space becomes available it reindexes. But I'm not sure about that. ...
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Deleting files on sparse bundle disk images doesn't actually free the space

I used Disk Utility to create an empty encrypted sparsebundle on a FAT volume A. It contains an HFS volume B. I am running on Snow Leopard. The DMG now pretty much fills A, and I'm fine with that. ...
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How do I tell iTunes not to back up apps?

I found that the apps I have stored in iTunes take up more than 10GB of space on my computer. Since I have a 128GB SSD I'd like to tell iTunes not to backup apps. I can download them again for free, ...
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OSX update cache: does it accumulate over time?

I bought my MBP 2.5 years ago, it came with a 240 GB drive. I don't remember how much free space it hat to start with, but let's just say 200 GB. I mostly use it for personal use (different machine ...
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out of diskspace because of sparsebundle

My disk is out of space all of a sudden and I found out that a directory in /Users/.harith/harith.sparsebundle is using 178 gigs of space. What is this directory? How/Why is my mac using it. Is it ...
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MacBook Air with small SSD, BootCamp, Windows 7. Can I use an external hard disk for dual boot?

I'd like to setup a dual boot onto my MacBookAir 128GB, with Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate in BootCamp. However, I'm already close to the 128GB limit (games + CS suite + Eclipse + XCode + a lot of Web ...
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How much free disk space do I need to install Lion, and how much will I lose by upgrading?

My hard disk is starting to get a bit cramped, with only 30GB available. I'm about download Lion and I'd like to know if I'll need to free up some space before I install it. Also, I've read that Lion ...
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How much space is recommended for a Windows 7 Bootcamp installation besides Snow Leopard?

How much space is recommended for a Windows 7 Bootcamp installation besides Snow Leopard? I thought of 30 Gigabyte. Would that be sufficient?