# Whats included in Library/Mobile Documents folder and is there anyway to safely decrease the size

I have an iMac running High Sierra 10.13.6. My internal Drive is about full and I've been looking for ways to clear up some space. My internal drive has a 250 GB capacity and I have around 15 GB of free space. The largest folder on my System is the Library folder listed at 134 GB which appears under my user account. This seems extremely large to me. Inside this Library folder is the Mobile Documents folder at over 91 GB. The largest item in my Mobile Documents directory is a folder named MyBook, which is the name of my external drive. Everything else seems of reasonable size. My question is 2-fold. Why is my 'Library Folder' so Large and is there anything I can do to decrease the size of the Mobile Documents folder.

• ~/Library/Mobile Documents is your iCloud sync directory. Delete what's in there and you wipe out your iCloud on your next sync. Which iMac do you have? I don't remember any since 2012 coming with only 250GB of storage? – Allan Sep 1 '18 at 0:48
• mine is 2010. it has an internal hdd but it stopped working years ago. – jmh Sep 1 '18 at 0:57
• i've updated my question to include the fact that largest item in Mobile Documents is a folder with the name of my external hard drive. it takes up 43 GB. Any help from this info. – jmh Sep 1 '18 at 1:02
• Upgrade the drive. On that model it's super easy. See: apple.stackexchange.com/a/267433/119271 – Allan Sep 1 '18 at 1:06
• i may be getting a used 2015 model iMac for xmas and don't want to put more money into this one just yet! – jmh Sep 1 '18 at 1:25

~/Library/Mobile Documents is the aliased location for iCloud Drive. You can access this from the sidebar or Go > iCloud Drive ⌘⇧-I. If you have a folder in there with the name of your external drive, my guess is that it has been copied by mistake or perhaps a 3rd party backup? I can't think of any built in system that would do that.