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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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Weird free spaces estimation

On my MacBook Pro Retina late 2014 running OS X Yosemite, there's something weird going on. If i look at the storage tab in the "About my Mac" menu, I use only 67 gigabytes of storage but it says 151 ...
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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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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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In the disk of an iPhone, are both HFSX slices journaled?

The question Is journaling enabled for the system partition? Background Answers to three questions show that both HFS slices of the disk are HFSX: What is the file system on iPhone? (2011-10-12) ...
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How to fix iPhone 5S reporting excessive space used for Photo Library?

I have an iPhone 5S running iOS 8.1.3. I have removed all photos from the phone (i.e. the Camera Roll is empty). However, under Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage, it reports that 1.9 GB ...
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Can I mark a SD Card as permanent storage?

I own a PNY - StorEDGE 128GB and I remember that it was initially recognized as a fixed/permanent disk like a hard disk. I reformatted it to add encryption but now the disk is shown as a removable ...
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Can someone explain why so much “Other” space is occupied on an iPhone 4?

I have the problem in iTunes where the "Other" data on the iPhone is excessively large. It's taking up over 5GB of space. I've searched this topic over and over, tried just about every option I've ...
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Others in Macintosh HD

How can I reduce the size of my HD folder? I have more than 22 GB in "others". It is actually using more memory than my documents and apps and does not show contents. I have deleted the main info in ...
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Weird storage declaration from my computer

With no good reason I had a look at my computer's storage going on the apple and About this Mac. Here is the display: The pink bar doesn't make much sense. It obviously does not represent the ...
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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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How much more storage than iOS 7 does iOS 8 ACTUALLY use up?

I have read so many reports about iOS 8 installation storage requirements that I've lost count, and none of them even answer this very basic question. “The download is 1.2 Gb… the free space ...
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camera roll “usage” number does not match photos in the app

I have completely deleted all photos in all categories from my iPad 3 (16G iOS 7) but my settings continue to state that I still have 3.5G "used" (camera roll) in the Photos/camera app. I have no idea ...
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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 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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Does migrating to Apple's new Photos app actually double my storage requirements?

I was using Disk Inventory X to visualize my hard drive storage and help me find some extra space. It appears that iPhoto Library takes 52.0 GB and Photos Library takes 49.4 GB. Is this a known ...
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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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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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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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Newbie question on getting back hard drive space

I'm relatively new to Macs (PC guy) and my MacBook Air (1.8 GHz I5) running 10.9.1 OSX is reporting that the Startup disk is full. I'm trying to figure out what is taking up the room and how to clean ...
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my “About this Mac” “Storage” screen says I am using more hard drive space than I have [closed]

Using OS X Yosemite Beta 10.10 (This might be the issue) But I can't confirm. MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) Processor : 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory : 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Graphics : NVIDIA GeForce ...
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Mac says I'm using more space than I have?

When I checked my storage for my Mac it says that I have over 200 GB in movies. First, I do not have that many movies. Second, my Mac can only hold 128 GB. How can I fix this? Update: I just deleted ...