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It's the folder where iTunes saves the backUps of your iDevice. And it takes so much space because each time you sync a device, previous backUps are not deleted. Deleting the folder will, then, mean losing those backUps. Doing this regularly is advised for saving HD space. Just make sure to make a new backUp afterwards, and that you won't need those ...


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I've had a very similar issue, and so I decided to compile several methods for solving it. So, following, there are those options and some of them I got from the answers already provided here. I understand this is a little bit offtopic from the question, but it's in tune with the answers. This has many parts and those are all softwares I could try myself ...


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iOS 5 has now introduced a new feature under Settings > General > Usage that perfectly displays the amount of data taken up by every app on the device, sorted by top offenders.


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Disk Inventory X is another excellent disk space visualizer. FileVault or any other third party software is not necessary at fault here. Mac OS X is simply a complex and modern operating system that uses disk space is dynamic and often unpredictable ways. Not only does the swapfile grows and shrinks but OS X also has a sub system that creates a Dynamic ...


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On Windows XP Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates On Windows Vista/Windows 7 Users\<User>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates On Mac ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates I believe that the updates do not delete after they are installed. Via this iPhone ...


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You can try : Disk Inventory X (free one) DaisyDisk (paid one)


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DaisyDisk Credit to Sathya for his answer in Super User.


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The answer relates to changes to Time Machine backups in Lion. My understanding is that when a TM back up is attempted when the back up disk is not connected, a back up is made in /Volumes/MobileBackups. These back ups do not go away the next time TM runs with the back up disk connected. I am not sure if the OS will eventually reclaim this space. You ...


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Download and run GrandPerspective for a nice graphical view of what's occupying disk space -- something like this: Run this before and after the reboot and you should be able to see what the big differences are.


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Quit App Store app. Delete ~/Library/Application Support/AppStore folder. To avoid App Store still display you have downloaded x bytes of y bytes, four solutions : Disregards. Kill storeagent process (type killall storeagent into Terminal). Logout / login. Reboot. With Lion it's shadowed under random folder /private/var/folders/<three level ...


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The temporary location that stores downloading files varies between computers. Here's how to find it: Start a rather large app store download Open Activity monitor, and select the storeagent process Open the Inspector (press the "i" button, or ⌘+i) Select the Open Files and Ports tab, and scroll to the bottom Select the path that starts with ...


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OmniGroup offers a free utility called OmniDisksweeper which lists files/folders sorted by size. OmniDiskSweeper is really great at what it does: showing you the files on your drive, in descending order by size, and letting you delete them easily! It scans your disks as quickly as possible and shows you the facts — if a file doesn't make the cut to ...


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Two things... If you are starting to run out of disk space deleting files isn't going to help much unless you have massive amounts of waste, eg Old systems from doing an archive and install OS update.Start thinking about getting a bigger hard drive or some extra drives. In terminal type... du -hs * This will list each directory with it's size. It will ...


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Omni Disk Sweeper by Omni Group is good at helping find the mountains of stuff. I find that apps and the system folders generally don't take up that much space (everything being relative), that the real hogs are in the Documents, Music, and Movies folders of my user folder.


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This is a feature of the default set up of Mail.app on OS X. It is storing all your messages for "offline viewing" you can turn this off. Go to Mail > Preferences click on Accounts Click on your Gmail account on the left Then click on the Advanced tab. Under "Keep copies of messages for offline viewing" set that drop-down to "Don't keep copies of any ...


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Do you have Time Machine backups turned on? If so, the difference may be due to space used for "local snapshots" (essentially, backups to the local disk when your real backup disk is not available). Local snapshots are automatically deleted when the space is needed for something else (actually, it starts purging them when the volume reaches 80% full), so the ...


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I highly recommend GrandPerspective(Free). Just finding the largest files isn't always that useful: 20 gbs of 3mb music files wouldn't show up, for example. GrandPerspective gives you a great visual breakdown of your harddrive contents regardless of whether your wasted files are in one big .dmg or a few hundred small files or whatever. Further, if you ...


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Boot Camp doesn't require you to reformat your drive. HFS+ partitions can be live-resized by the Boot Camp Assistant or the Disk Utility without going through the trouble of erasing everything. No file on your Mac OS partition will be affected. There is, however, the case where you've had your computer for long and Mac OS has written files all across your ...


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The minimum install that comes off the DVD is ~6 gigabytes. If you want to make a smaller install, the easiest thing to do is install it on another partition, trim down the installation, then copy it over to the target drive using ditto or Carbon Copy Cloner. Though I do not recommend doing any of these, there are a couple of thing installed in the default ...


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I had this same exact problem until 2 days ago followed the procedure outlined on this page: http://www.ipodrepublic.com/iphone/fixing-issue-other-files-iphone-memory/2010/03/31/ and it worked well. Re-created below. I haven't seen my Other size grow since. Step 1: Turn of sync music in iTunes When you have synced your iPhone and noticed that “other ...


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Specifically in Lion, here's how to do it: Go to Launchpad, click and hold on the downloading item All icons will start wiggling Click the (X) on the download or Hold down the Option key from the “Purchases” menu in the Mac App Store, this causes the “Pause” button to turn into “Cancel”. See this article for detail. It will ask for a confirmation. I ...


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The How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space? provides a general approach to answering your question. Graph and Find You can use a tool like GrandPerspective to help highlight large files on your Mac: Disk Inventory X is an alternative disk space visualizer: Ask VideoBlend's Developers Consider contacting the makers of VideoBlend, ...


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/Users/.harith/harith.sparsebundle is the encrypted contents of your home directory. When you are logged in (as user harith), then the unecrypted contents of that same directory are visible under /Users/harith, that is, your home directory. So what you're seeing is, your hard disk is full. And your home directory is taking up 178 GiB of space. IT IS NOT ...


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You can simply enter Time Machine and select folders, apps, and files and select to delete all backup copies of that item. The command line tmutil compare also gives exhaustive detail of what changed between backup intervals if you don't mind using the terminal and a UNIX shell. Even without shell tools, you can micromanage storage from the Time Machine GUI ...


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These values come from the Spotlight index. So you could try rebuilding the Spotlight index to fix these values. There are simple instructions from Apple here on how to rebuild the Spotlight index. You can also do it from the command line using the mdutil command. You'll be prompted for your password to run this command. sudo mdutil -E / Please note, ...


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 Menu > About this Mac Then the Storage tab For cleanup, CCleaner exists for Mac; there's also CleanMyDrive & a whole raft of others. I wouldn't particularly recommend any of them, as they've all been known to throw out the wrong bit, just like on Windows.


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iTunes will give you the list of apps you have including size (and can order these by size to make the space hogs apparent). Unfortunately it will not show you the user data size, nor will it just show you the installed apps


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Another way to do this by enabling the AppStore Debug menu. Sign out of AppStore. Quit AppStore. Open a terminal and execute the following command: defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true Open AppStore again and a Debug menu is now present. Debug Menu -> Reset Application. This will reset the current state of the AppStore, including ...



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