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

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SSD reporting incorrect amount of free space, not due to local snapshots

I recently created a file of just over 20GB and then deleted it shortly after, however my free space did not increase at all. I am using a 2012 MacBook Air with a 128GB SSD and I've had problems ...
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How to delete the originals of edited photos on iPhoto 11?

I have a 200 GB iPhoto library. Using the tips from this website: http://james.wikidot.com/blog:69 I tried to delete all original photos on iPhoto that I don't need anymore. I ended up with a 130 GB ...
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In Disk Utility, what advantages do “read/write disk image”s have over “sparse bundle disk image”s?

If I want a read/write disk image, then aren't sparse bundle disk images always the way to go? They start at 0 kb in size, and grow to accommodate whatever you add to them, and if you delete stuff, ...
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Deleting files doesn't free up space [duplicate]

I moved away (to an external drive) about 30 GB of files from a drive (startup disk) that had 60 GB of free space. After the move it still shows only 60 GB of free space, not 90, as I would expect. ...
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About how large is a clean install of OS X?

If you were to wipe a hard drive clean and install OS X Mountain Lion, with one user account and no user data files. (so simply OS files) How large, in disk space, would OS X (how much hard drive ...
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Over 25 gb of Space Disappeared

Here's my problem: over the past couple days I did a really good clean out of my computer and managed to free up several gigabytes of data and was hovering around 233+ gb of free space. Then in the ...
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What size SSD would suffice for basic software-development / productivity?

My friend is selling me his old MacBook (Glossy white finish with rounded edges and corners) cheap for a Mobile Development course I'm taking, but he's keeping the hard drive. So I'm thinking of ...
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Time Machine backup is too large (but shouldn't be)

I get: This backup is too large for the backup disk. The backup requires 35.72 GB but only 24.79 GB are available. Facts: Estimated size of full backup: 149 GB Size of Backups.backupdb on the Time ...
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Where can i find and clean up partially downloaded content?

Say your download of 17gb application is interrupted and can't continue since you are out of space. Knowing the application name, where can you look to find parts of what has already been downloaded ...
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Does mounting a large disk image require a certain amount of free space on the internal drive?

I've got a bunch of Mac disk images (.dmg files) that are 100 GB or larger. I'm currently on an iMac with a few hundred gigabytes of free space, but I'm going to be moving to a Mac laptop with 128 GB ...
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5Gb of RAM being used with NO software running?

My computer (brand new) was using 12 Gb of RAM so after I was done exporting my video I force-quit everything and 8 minutes later it's still using 5Gb or RAM, is this normal?! It seems like so much! ...
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Remove unnecessary backups from TimeMachine to get space

I know that oldest backups are removed automatically when there is no space for new ones on TimeMachine. I use TimeCapsule also for sharing files on WiFi, so I’d like to free some space by removing of ...
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Erasing partition doesn't give me free diskspace

I'm using a Macbook Air and until today I had two partitions on it (not counting the restore partition). I had my OSX partition and an Ubuntu partition. As I don't use Ubuntu anymore, I decided to ...
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Inconsistent disk capacity reports in OS X - I'm missing 365GB of my 2 TB

Coincidentally I have noticed that the disk capacity reports in "About this Mac" and the Terminal when running diskutil list both report inconsistent capacities for an external hard disk drive. This ...
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How to delete files on iMac with no menus — Your startup disk is full

I have an iMac with the 10.4 OSX operating system installed. When I boot the computer it prompts me with this message: "Your startup disk is full. You need to make more space available on your disk ...
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A modern and faster alternative to Disk Inventory X

Disk Inventory X was kind of nice, but it is painfully slow. Are there any modern and faster alternatives? I only care about the disk space, and not about the file type stats and about the graph ...
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MacBook Air: What taking up all my hard drive space [duplicate]

I have a 128gb MacBook Air running Lion. I am constantly having issues with disc space, but have no idea what is consuming it all. When I look at the disc utility break down, it says about 80% of the ...
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View music size by artist on iOS

I'm trying to free up space on an iPhone. Most of the space is used by music. Is there a way to see which artists are using the most amount of space? Logically this would be displayed under "System ...
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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. 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 ...