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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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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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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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Using my own server instead of iCloud

I am currently paying like a dollar a month for 20 GB iCloud storage, but I am just now building a new computer and am hoping to install an Amahi server on it so that I can have my own 'Dropbox' type ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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iCloud has space but iCloud Backup says that I don't have enough to complete a backup

I use 120 MB of iCloud storage space for iCloud Backup of my iPad & iPhone. There is still 4.8 GB free from 5 GB, but I have a notification in iPad's backup window that I'm lacking space to back ...
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iPhone shows 1.3GB of photos but I don't have any [closed]

My iPhone 4S shows that I have 1.3GB of photos but I don't have any. How to empty this amount of space and make it available? I go to "settings" -> "general" -> "usage" -> "manage storage" and then ...
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Is there a maximum number of files supported/recommended in Photos.app?

With the new OS X Photos app released in OS X 10.10.3, is there a hard limit to the maximum number of files (either photos or videos) that the app will support? Or is there a limit to the maximum size ...
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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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Can I delete things safely from ~/Library?

I am running out of storage space on my 2011 MacBook Air. I was thinking I should clean up before I contemplate adding more storage. I notice though, that while I have ~30 GB in ~/Documents, ~2 in ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does Pages, export to *.doc a file that is larger than expected?

I authored a 1 page document of about 900 words, and an embedded image (a chart). Storing/exporting this document from Pages 5.2 causes the file to expand to 1.6 MB in size. However, opening and ...
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Is “flash storage” the same “SSD”?

Looking to see if the two are interchangeable and if not what the differences are.
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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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What the “Other” Storage Space is in Mac OS X?

What exactly is included in the Other (blue one) part of the Storage space on my Mac? What could take 31.2 GB?
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Can I upgrade my 121 GB Flash Storage SSD?

Is it possible to upgrade the 121 GB Flash Storage in my MacBook Pro 13" Retina? If so, can Apple do it for me or would I have to go to somewhere else to get it upgraded?
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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 ...
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How do Macs calculate the amount of Hard Drive space left?

What kind of algorithm do they use to see how much space is left? I thought that maybe the amount of space it began with is programmed in and then the size of files created is then subtracted from the ...
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Should I delete pictures from Photo Stream or Camera Roll to free up space on my device?

Can I make more available memory by deleting pictures? Do I delete them from Photo Stream or Camera Roll? I want them saved but can I remove from one of those areas.
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Updating from iOS 6 to 8

I currently have a 16 GB iPhone 5, with about 1.2 GB available storage. It's still on iOS 6 (I know, right?!) and I figured it's about time to update. Under software update, it says iOS 8.4 is 1.2 GB. ...
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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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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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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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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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iOS available space doesn't add up

Am I going mental, or does the number in the following image make no sense at all? my top 10 apps seem to account for barely ~15GB, so why is my used space so high? Edit So, I'm calling this a ...
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Disk space used by iPhoto/iMovie libraries on OS X

How can I tell how much space my iphotos and imovies are taking on my Macbook Pro hard drive? I've checked the applications from my finder, but iphoto and imovie are not listed there.
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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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iCloud storage full: “Not Enough Storage”. Backups exceed 5GB

Just like everyone else, I get the notification that my iCloud is full and no backup can be made. iOS gives me the suggestion to upgrade my storage on my iCloud account. Because I only want to store ...
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Why iOS settings and iTunes report the storage usage differently?

My iTunes shows me that there is about 7 GB of free space, while iOS settings shows me that there is only about 80 MB of available space. How do free space and available space differ? Additional ...
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Imported 32GB of images into iPhoto, 65GB library is the result - Huh?

I just imported 32GB of images (my local Images folder) from the past 10 years into iPhoto. I was honestly surprised that the result was an iPhoto library of 65GB. I have no RAW images and am ...
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Can I transfer everything I have stored on my phone to iCloud storage?

I need to free up space to update my iPhone 4 (8 GB) to iOS 7. I have purchased 25 GB of storage for iCloud. Is it possible to move everything that is in the phone to the iCloud storage, so I can ...
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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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Trying to find file location of Mac Mail Smartboxes so that I can run automatic email archiver

I'm currently working on a MacBook late 2008 with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. I use Mac Mail for my email. I have created smart mailboxes to collect together emails that relate to a project number. When ...
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Block external storage for a user account

I am doing a proposal for new network where the Macs will be networked, OS X Mavericks + server app Is there any solution to disable external storage USB/Thunderbolt/Firewire/CD/ Bluetooth? ...
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Can I store and run applications on an external drive?

I am thinking of getting a this MacBook but the hard drive space is not sufficient. I was wondering if I bought an external hard drive for it would i be able to download apps and things onto it.
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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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In iPhone and iPad use, where does the space usage come from?

iPhones and iPads come with varying amounts of space available; iPads offer powers of two from 16G to 128G and the price difference between them offers a substantial amount of other software and ...
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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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What happens when a phone runs out of storage and pictures are taken?

I am unsure of which iphone I need-64gb or 128gb. I mainly need storage space for photos and videos and I dont think 64gb would be enough. Someone has said that due to iCloud drive a 64gb would ...
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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 ...