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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? [duplicate]

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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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 ...
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How to point an Apple TV to an iTunes Library on a NAS?

I have my Apple TV linked to my iTunes library stored on a network storage device by linking to my laptop. I would like to point my Apple TV directly to the iTunes library on the storage device ...
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My apps are using 3.7GB of storage on my ipad, how can I check which app is using what amount?

Is there a breakdown that can be viewed somewhere?
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iOS apps take up more space than advertised?

I would like to download "RAGE HD" which the App Store says is "643 MB", but after clicking "BUY NOW" there is a message: There is not enough space to download "RAGE HD". Please delete some photos ...