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Change default installation location to install xCode

I want to install Xcode in my MacBook Air OSX 10.8.3. The issue is my MacBook Harddisk is just 64GB and it's almost full. I have an external HDD (Formatted to MAC partition) and how can I install ...
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Hard Drive Preview / Disk Utility Used Space Discrepancy? [duplicate]

So I recently cleared a lot of space off of my hard drive as a sort of "spring cleaning," and I got it down to less than 40GB, but my computer doesn't seem to agree with itself on that. If I look at ...
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Mac hard drive almost full; diagnostic apps do not explain why

157gb of my 159gb mac is showing as used. In the storage area 145gb of this is showing as other. What can this be? I have just downloaded whatsize app to understand and whilst the 157gb is showing ...
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Can I use my iPod classic to store photos for my Canon 5D MkII?

I have an 80GB iPod classic. I am going on a trip and I have only the iPod, my iPhone, and my iPad. I want to use the iPod to store photos. Is this possible?
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Reduce iTunes match bitrate

I have iTunes match with a decent library (12k+ songs) on my Macbook Air. I'm running out of free space on my SSD and noticed that the size of my library has doubled since I signed up for iTunes ...
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iPhone with external hard drive

I see there have recently been several products released that offer to give an iOS device access to local mass storage on the order of terabytes via WiFi. It appears that most if not all of these ...
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RAID system with external hardrives

I have a few external ssd hardrives (My Passport, in my case). I would like to integrate them within a system that provides reliability in case of failure, by producing redundant information across ...
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How can I get my MacBook to use my second hard drive for storing photos? [duplicate]

My disk is getting full, probably because I have so many pictures. How can I remove images and how can I specify the location where the images are stored from iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad? I ...
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What are Mac alternatives to Storage Spaces in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012?

I like the Storage Spaces feature in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, but since I'm mostly working on Mac computers I would like to know if there are any Mac alternatives or equivalents.
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Time Machine and Storage

I have a 3TB external HD that works both Mac and PC for storage. I understand the "best" way to back up the Mac would be partition the external as explained here: Time Machine - can it share external ...
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How does iPhone manage duplicate photos?

I end up with quite a number of duplicate pictures on my iPhone because of Photostream. For example, I take a picture which is saved in the Camera Roll. It is then automatically uploaded to my ...
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can I point my Pictures folder to a folder in an external hard drive?

I would like to save some space on my laptop and to do so I was thinking of moving my Pictures folder on an external hard drive. As OSX doesn't want me to mess around with the main folders in my home, ...
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is there a way to store mail on an external hard drive using apple mail?

I've been trying to save up space and for this reason I'm using the "don't keep copies of any messages" option. I was thinking though, can I instead choose to save all emails and attachments, but an ...
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Requirements for backuping large OSx to some larger external storage? Some easy Apple way to do it? [closed]

My iTunes stores my OS X, iPhone and iPad settings. I got this kind of problem in OS X that stores the essential things such as settings and backups. According to this thread here, I need to format ...
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Where to store large photo library that also can be backed up?

I have an old PC that used to house my entire (several hundred gigabytes) photo library internally and backed it up nightly to an external hard drive. I have a MBP that travels between home and work ...
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iPhone 4 with 6.4GB of free storage asks to change storage settings

My one week old iPhone 4 warns me to change my settings in storage when I go to add my music. I have no music, videos, pictures,... stored on my iPhone. The only thing I've got, are 4 simple apps. Is ...
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Why are files moving to 'backup' in storage when I delete them off my macbook pro?

Back in the summer I bought an external hard drive for my MacBook Pro because I make videos on YouTube and they obviously take up a lot of space on my computer. The first couple of times I plugged the ...
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How large is iOS?

Inspired by this I am Ricardo Lopez, Test Manager for Surface RT. After the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have more that 20GB. As you say, you can always add an SD card and ...
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What counts as data usage on the iPhone?

I went from low usage of data on an average to over my limit and I do not know why. How can I tell? Does streaming music count? I have AT&T, so I think I have unlimited texting. Do photos on my ...
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Huge camera roll backup but no pictures

I have my iOS 6 phone synced with iCloud. I had a storage shortage on iCloud so I deleted pictures from my phone, however this does not solve the problem - my phone still complains that it doesn't ...
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Analyze a bunch of files and categorize them according to their content, content-duplicates possible with different format

I have material such as images, PDFs, DOC and DOCX with a lot of duplicated items but in different format. I may have a paper in PDF and then I have it also in DOC and DOCX. I want to somehow ...
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What's the practical difference between a 16GB and 32GB iPhone?

I'm looking to close a deal on an iPhone. What I am having difficulty understanding is the difference between 16GB and 32GB. When does it matter if you have 32GB and 16GB? I understand, of course, ...
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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 does System Information break down the Storage report?

When I access the Storage report via About this Mac > More info... I am noticing some strangeness: I see quite significant amounts being reported for file types that I don't have a lot of on my hard ...
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Is it possible to store “on my mac” local folders on a network device?

==== System info: Model Name: MacBook Pro Processor Name: Intel Core i7 Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz Memory: 16 GB System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) Network: GB ...
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How many photos will fit on a 16 GB iPad?

I am interested about an iPad for my mom and can't decide whether to go for 16GB or 32GB. Assuming no movies on it, and minimal amount of apps (she will use it mainly for browsing and skype) how many ...
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Best way to clear up space and dump to computer when getting iCloud storage backup prompt?

When i sync my iphone, I am getting an error message saying it can't do a backup because i have more than 5GB of space used. I went to: Settings --> iCloud --> Storage and backup --> Manage ...
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iCloud storage doesn't add up on in iPhone's “Manage Storage” panel

I'm looking at the "Manage Storage" panel, (accessible from Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage) which shows a list of all the items being backed up along with a total. Or at ...
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Is storing an iMac sideways safe?

I have some old devices in storage on their sides. They are otherwise completely normal - well ventilated, etc, etc. except that they could only fit when they are on their sides. After being reminded ...
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What type of storage does an iPod classic use?

I am interested to know if a newer generation iPod classic uses a standard hard drive or flash memory. Do you know what type of memory an iPod classic uses?
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What are the “sleepimage” and “swapfile” documents?

I was using Disk Inventory X and found a file called sleepimage in /private/var/vm/ It takes up 4 GB! I also found numerous other files in the same folder called swapfile0 swapfile1, etc. What are ...
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How do I mount ejected external USB flash storage?

Suppose that we connect our flash USB drive to a MacBook, then eject this storage from Finder sidebar. Now I want to remount this storage without unplugging and replugging it into the computer, but ...
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How can I keep Mail.app's archive from becoming too big?

I'm trying to reduce my hard drive space used to prepare for a move to an SSD. I've got a wonderful application called DaisyDisk that allows me to visualize data segments on my hard drives. I have ...
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iCloud storage in Finder

What's the way to use the free iCloud 5GB storage space? I want to store misc files in there, and access them freely from the Finder/put links to them on my desktop, etc - how do I do it? Couldn't ...
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How can I keep 200 recent photos on my iPhone and the rest on my Mac?

I have about 1500 photos in my camera roll. Because of this, my iPhone has about 2GB worth of photos. I would like to have only the most recent 200 photos on my iPhone and the rest on my Mac. How can ...
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How do you disable the iOS Storage full alert?

I've been getting close to filling up my 16 GB iPhone 4 with iOS 5. I have freed up some space and have 1.5 GB available, but I keep getting alerts that are annoying. Is there a way to disable the ...
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What is a good way to archive iTunes movies?

I have bought a decent number of movies off of iTunes through various sales. The issue is, they take up a lot of space on my 120GB hard drive. I want to free up space, but I also do not want to lose ...
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How to best configure storage for pro level video editing?

This is a general question about configuring a machine for video editing and hopefully can be useful over a longer amount of time since the discussion is about general architecture and not necessarily ...
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Which iSCSI initiator should I use on Lion?

I am setting up a video editing / encoding workstation based on a mac mini and a freenas box for mass storage. We plan to use iSCSI to share the disk with the mac and had planned on using GlobalSAN's ...
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iPhone Jailbreak Experts - Accessing the email storage?

Is this possible? I have emails stored on my iPhone that are no longer accessible anywhere else, and I'd like to copy them out. I could forward them through a different account, but there are ...
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System Storage Full

I have a jailbroken iPhone 4 and use Cydia, SBSettings and iFile to see how much storage is marked as Free between the two partitions on my device. The problem is, my System Storage had a total size ...
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What tools and concepts are good for someone thinking about using HFS filesystem compression?

I have a client with about 60TB of data on multiple HFS+ volumes, attached directly via fibre channel and shared using AFP. We are running around 85% capacity at present, and the budget to expand ...
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One mac, Two or more storage devices - how to divide things?

We're at a crossroads where most Macs now have space and connections to contain two storage devices. SSD are fast, low capacity and expensive - HDD are in comparison slow, huge and cheap. Both iMacs ...
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External hard drive buying advice? [closed]

I am trying to create a backup 'strategy' for my MacBook Pro (I have important files on Dropbox but want a bootable clone of my entire HD) using Carbon Copy Cloner. However I need an external hard ...
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Thunderbolt hard drive alternatives [closed]

Are there hard drives like the Pegasus option with Thunderbolt available with only one or two drives for less money?
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Why do I see two sizes for storage space available?

I have an SSD-based MacBook Pro running Lion, with Time Machine active. I'm aware of the difference between base-10 and base-2 storage sizing, but cannot explain the discrepancy between what Finder ...
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What are the best disk cloning tools?

Money is no object. I want a bit for bit perfect copy of a hard drive/partition which is bootable (is either possible) to be used in a backup regimen. I have heard of some tools but your ...
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Diagnose disk I/O per application

I have a Leopard system which feels rather sluggish, and which I suspect may be disk-I/O-bound. While I know how to check which app is using CPU or memory (top or Activity Monitor), I don’t really ...
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Why can't I resize my existing partition?

I just finished downloading my copy of Lion and wanted to install it on a new second partition. I freed up just over 50 GBs from my hard drive and am now stuck trying to shrink my existing partition. ...
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Remove Storage iOS Apps on Mac

Is it possible to remove the Mac copy (iTunes/Mobile Applications) of all synced iOS applications (they are already installed on my iOS device)? They are currently taking up about 6 GB of space on my ...