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

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How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space?

Every few days I get notices on my MacBook that it's running or run out of hard drive space. Curiously, restarting the computer will enable me to recover gigabytes of space (this past time, it was ...
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How can I clean up 'Other' storage on iPhone 3G?

My iPhone 3G is currently showing 3.1GB of 'Other' disk space in iTunes, and this amount seems to be growing by about 0.1GB every couple of days. I can't find any good references for what this space ...
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How can I free up some disk space?

I'm about to run out of disk space, and I know I have a lot of junk on my macbook but I don't know how to find it to figure out how to delete it. Is there an easy command line way through terminal to ...
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Simple way to see a list of installed iOS apps with their storage space size?

The storage on my iPhone is nearly full. Most of the space is used by apps. I'd like to see which apps consume the most space on my device. Is there a way to get a list of the apps with their ...
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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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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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Can I cancel a download of a Mac Store app?

I just got a really large Mac App Store app, (2GB), but Im having some trouble with my diskspace... Is there a way to completeley cancel the download of the app? I mean not just pause it but cancel ...
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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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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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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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Can I use bootcamp without reformatting my hard drive?

I would really like to install ububtu on my Mac using bootcamp but it requires me to reformat my disk first. I have programs with license keys that I don't want to loose, or buy another copy of, and ...
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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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Is it possible to reduce the disk space required to install Mac OS X 10.6?

I was hoping to install Mac OS X on a flash-based drive I have, but it's only 4GB. The installer tells me there's not enough free space, but it doesn't specify how much I need free. Does anyone know ...
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Why do I have 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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How can I get “Automatically fill free space with songs” to reserve more space than a half gig

On my iPhone 3GS (32GB) I want to keep more than .48GB free space when I tell iTunes to "Automatically fill free space with songs" for doing things like taking pictures/recording videos. I don't want ...
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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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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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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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OS X Private Folder - Runaway file “crash recovery” 126.61GB!

Woke up this morning any my 250GB, which had approx. 50% free space last night, was totally out of disk space! Took me all day, but finally found a file in /private/var/audit/ called ...
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What's taking up all of this “Other” space on my iPhone?

I have a jailbroken iPhone, and it's low on space. Much of the wasted space seems to have been consumed by the "Other" part of the space display in iTunes. How can I get a breakdown of how that space ...
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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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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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How much free space should there be on the start volume?

I have a MacBook 2,16 GHz with 3 GB RAM (white from 2007) and I wonder how much free space should there be on the start volume. I have a 100 GB partition for OS X (10.6.5) and a separate data ...
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I deleted a very large file from Mountain Lion, but the space was not reclaimed. lsof not showing pending deletes

I have a MacBook Air 11" running OS X 10.8.5. I have a 128GB SSD drive that was running out of space with only 10 GBs free. The largest single file on the filesysem was my 30+ GB Windows 7 virtual ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mac app to show hard drive consumption/usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find more disk space? Is there a program or app that i can use to tell me where all of my hard disk space has gone? I'd like a graph (pie chart) if possible, ...
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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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Should I use a network-attached Time Capsule or a USB external drive with my MacBook Air?

I love Macbook Air, but disk space is a real issue. This is most obvious when using it as main machine - media from iTunes and iPhoto in particular ends up leaving you with very little working space. ...
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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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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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Why does Messages app take up so much space?

I was recently inspecting the Usage tab in my iPhone's settings. The Messages app is #2 on the list with almost 700 MB. Anecdotal reports have it that the app can take up multiple GB of space. So what ...
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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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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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9GB com.apple.coresymbolicationd file in Caches

I'm trying to free up disk space, and I came across this: I've read reports of a 600M file, or a 1GB file but never something like this. Is it safe to delete or does rebooting frequently help ...
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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 ...