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Questions tagged [disk-space]

the amount of space on a computer storage device, such as a hard disk, SSD, or USB flash drive

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Fresh install of MacOS taking too much space

I recently downloaded the Beta version of macOS Catalina, however it messed a lot of my daily apps, so I decided to downgrade back to macOS Mojave, so I did the following: Backed up everything Shut ...
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161gb not appearing on diskutil after deleting second OSX partition

I deleted my second OSX partition and I'm missing 161gb of space. It's not appearing on diskutil or Disk Utility. I have to keep the Untitled2 partition because it stores files I need. diskutil list ...
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How can I prevent files emptied out of the Trash from accumulating in “purgeable space”?

I'm having the same problem as the person who asked this question: I cleared a bunch of files out of my Trash and instead of getting free space on the volume, I got 30 gigs of "purgeable space". ...
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Disk space critically low [duplicate]

I got this: Disk space critically low along with some other text saying that old terminal [something] would be deleted if needed to clear up space. What is this and how can I resolve this issue? ...
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iCloud Drive or music creation (or both?)

So I'm trying to clean my Macbook Pro in order to have more storage, but this whole iCloud Drive thing is very confusing. Out of my total 121GB, 47GB are iCloud Drive and 22GB are music creation. My ...
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Move Photos and Videos from an iPhone 4 to PC

I have an iPhone 4 that does not update anymore, works deadly slow, and has zero free space on it. For some reason (subject for another question), I has to use it and, to make using it more ...
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Bootcamp not enough space [duplicate]

I am trying to install Windows using bootcamp in my Mac (Mojave 10.14.3). However, bootcamp tells me that I do not have enough disk space while in fact I have. I haven't got any local snapshots. In ...
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Can't resize APFS container

On a 120GB SSD hard drive in a MacBook only 68.68GB are available. The missing 51.32GB are not even shown as a free space. Here is what the output of Disk Utility looks like: As you can see on the ...
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A lot of mysterious executable files inside /Users/Shared

Recently I've noticed that a lot of mysterious .tar.gz and executable files have spawned inside my Shared folder, and by a lot I mean 466 total. /Users/Shared $ ls | wc -l 466 I'm the only user ...
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How do you silence Mojave “Your Disk is almost full” notification? [duplicate]

This question is over 2 years old and doesn't work with the newest version of MacOS (10.14.2). I've tried clearing cache space, and I have almost 5GB free but it still feels the need to notify me ...
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How can I customize iCloud's “Optimize Mac Storage” function?

iCloud has the ability to offload files from my laptop, which is useful when I am running low on space, as shown below In my case, I just installed Syncfusion's demos, and my files appear to be ...
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Rebuilding old HDD

My mac is turning 5 years now, it runs already long on SDD and old HDD is in an optibay. But HDD is a stock one and is turning 5 years as well. It's working ok, but tests with Disk warrior, Tech Tool ...
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How to silence “Your disk is almost full” notification on MacOS Mojave 10.14.1 (18B75)

I'm getting this message every 2 min and it really drives me crazy!!! I already tried following things that were suggested here. It still pops-up every 2 min. Some outputs of my machine: $ defaults ...
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Silencing “Your disk is almost full” notification

Since none of the solutions found here Silencing "Your disk is almost full" notification worked for me on Mojave, I simply disabled the deamon. sudo mv /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/...
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Emptying trash interrupted due to low disk space, resulting in “snapshot meta data tree is invalid”

I was silly enough to set a bunch of video encodes running and leave my computer resulting in it running out of disk space. On return to discover it I tried to empty the trash which would have solved ...
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How to remove purgeable spaze in Mojave [duplicate]

I'm having some problem with my mac (MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)). I freed some spaces by deleting some folders but when I analyse mac HD I get the following: Available: 79.29 GB (44.52 ...
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Deleted everything from MacBook but storage space is still half full

I recently ran out of space on my MacBook Air. I moved all my Mac data to an external hard drive, created a new user administrator and deleted the old one in order to erase everything without loosing ...
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How can I find the files being used by System? (where is my disk space going?)

If I go to About This Mac and click on the Storage tab, it tells me that I have 500 GB of Flash Storage and that 15.49 GB of 399.57 GB is free. It will also tell me that 226 GB is for System, 130 GB ...
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Freeing up space on external hard drive after deleting time machine backups?

I had a external hard drive in use for Time machine, but now use a different one, so wanted to free up the space. I removed the HD from the Time machine backup drives, then deleted the Backups....
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macOS equivalent to the Windows “Compress file/folder content on disk to save space” option

Windows has a useful feature where files can be transparently compressed/decompressed on the fly. This is activated by right-clicking on a File, directory or Disk, selecting Properties and then ...
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Install program on external HDD with Mac Book Pro [duplicate]

I'new in the Machintosh world. I'am running out of space on my Mac, so i try to install Epic Games and Fortnite on external HDD. Is it possible? How can I do? Thanks
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Bootcamp Not enough space but nothing helps!

So, I have kind of the same problem as some other people on here, but then different. I also want to install windows on my Mac. I also get the problem where it says I do not have the required 40 GB of ...
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“No space left on device” despite 70GB free; can't create any files larger than 8.0MiB on iPad

iPad Pro 9.7" (1st gen) 256GB, iOS 10.2.1. Problem #1: I can't create files larger than 2-8MB (it varies upon reboot). This renders the iPad virtually unusuable. Many apps won't launch, apps won't ...
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Huge system file size CloudDocs

Im on a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) running 10.13.5 (Latest High Sierra ) Here is a screenshot of my storage tab : As you can see the system takes quite a lot of space. After using an app called ...
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Free hard drive space going down fast for no apparent reason [duplicate]

I'm using Mac El Capitan 10.11.6 (15G17023). Today I realised my Mac is getting out of free space. At first I though I just filled it without realising. Then I noticed that even when I removed 5, ...
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Deleting Mail.app downloaded attachments manually properly

I am helping a friend clear up hard disk space. In order to find the biggest space takers, I used a filesystem exploration utility. To my surprise, I found that nearly 100 GB of the internal hard disk ...
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APFS - Other volumes in container problem

I ran into issues with my Macbook Pro running High Sierra 10.13.4. The problem is that Other volumes in container metric are showing over 176 GB of space taken and I am not able to reclaim it back. I ...
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Tracking down Used Disk space with df and du

I've been migrating an old MacBook Air (2012) to a new MacBook Pro, and am doing a clean at the same time. I've been running df -h. to give me an idea of free space: Filesystem Size Used ...
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50GB of disk space missing

On a 120GB SSD hard drive in a MacBook only 70GB are available. The missing 50GB are not even shown as free space. Here is what the output of Disk Utility looks like: As you can see on the first ...
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What is 'System' on mac laptop storage?

I was just running lots of labour-intensive code on my mac, and then suddenly the disk space was full. I noticed two things that I hadn't seen before: System was taking up a huge amount of disk space,...
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My iMac HD is not showing all capacity

My iMac has a 2 TB Fusion Drive. Our PC IT guy seems to screwed it up. Now I only have 1 TB of usable space. I tried formatting, repartitioning, but nothing works to gain that 1 TB back. I don't need ...
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Why do I have Apple Developer tools in /private/var/folders? Can it be removed? [duplicate]

Some time ago I went through cleaning of my mac and I have removed old developer tools from Library, which were for old iOS versions. I no longer need them, nobody uses them, I have removed them and ...
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Is it possible to increase size of an APFS volume?

I've an APFS disk image (disk3). Currently it's capacity is near close; around 700 MB left. Is it possible to increase it while keeping the data inside intact! I've tried diskutil apfs ...
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Using the command line to show the physical and logical size of a folder contents?

Background I can use Finder to view the physical size (bytes) and logical size (on disk). This works for files, folders (contents), but not volumes: Alternatively I can use mdls to get the same ...
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Missing disk space on macOS

I have a 250G disk on my Mac with around 100G in use. But the system reports only around 20G of free space. I'm using macOS 10.13.2. I have the problem at least since the upgrade to High Sierra, but ...
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Is there any way to reliably get rid of the caches in com.apple.MediaLibrary safely?

I found >10 GB of files inside a folder on my internal drive. It comprised of photos and videos which I recognized from my system photo library (which is synced with my iCloud Photo Library): ~/...
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Are 'du' and 'df' reliable when there are lots of hard links?

MacOS 10.13.2 (17C88) Backupdb is three times the size of the used space on the internal drive. When there are lots of hardlinks in something (as there are in TM backups), does 'du' count every link,...
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How to thin your local Time Machine Snapshots on macOS High Sierra

I have noticed that my extra space just suddenly disappears since upgrading to macOS High Sierra. For example, I have 170 GBs free in the morning and then by the afternoon I'm down to 56 GBs. Then ...
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macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 - Missing Disk space [duplicate]

three weeks ago I've installed macOS High Sierra on my MacBook Pro 13" (Early 2015). I've an internal SSD with about 120 GB (Apple Logic) disk space. Before the update I had about 30 GB of space lost. ...
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Manually delete unused languages from macOS

Yes, I know there are apps like Monolingual, Mackeeper, iCleanLanguage etc. that can do that for me but I would feel more comfortable doing it myself if it is not too much of a hassle. How can I do ...
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MBP won't startup, disk is full

I've used Migration Assistant to move my old user account from Windows to Mac. After a while the disk on my Mac being full. Now the Mac won't startup I've tried to enter in Safe mode, but it doesn't ...
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High Sierra shows wrong disk usage for photos in information

I installed high Sierra a few months ago and nowadays there seems to be a problem with System Information.app, it always shows the disk usage wrong like for example System 40GB but it shows photos to ...
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Can I delete old iOS installer files on my macbook?

Is it safe to delete all the iOS installer files that are stored in my computer? I have no more free space in the HD and I have seen that almost 16 GBs are used in old iOS installer. In the case I ...
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APFS decreases space randomly

Since I upgraded to macOS High Sierra, one week ago, I have noticed that each time I wake the computer from sleep, the space left on the drive have decreased by a, somewhat, random amount. I have ...
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Why the mail app takes a lot of space although there is no mails?

Simply look at this. Mail consumes 2.5 GB. Why? I removed all messages, readded gmail account. Anything else? iOS 10.3.3, iPhone 5, 16GB
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'System' occupies 100 GB - why? How can I reduce the amount of data? (macOS 10.13 High Sierra)

Any idea why is system taking so much space? Also the free space + used space on my system is not showing correct data. It shows available space is 154.76 GB and when I add the used space (171 GB) it ...
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Shrinking VMWare flat esxi images

I've been following Moving Fusion VMs to ESXi on moving VMWare Fusion images into VSphere Cloud/ESXi, and am unsure of something that comes out of this. When running the following command: /...
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Monitor accumulated number of bytes written by a process in Terminal?

I need a way to monitor the accumulated total number of bytes written to the disk by a process via the terminal. I've looked around quite a bit, and found several answers either saying to use pv, or ...
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Skype on MacOS keeps 600Mb caches, are these both deleteable?

Skype (7.56.0.776) on MacOS (10.10.5) keeps 600Mb in the two caches below, are these both deleteable without any negative effects? Can I prevent Skype doing this with any (Skype or MacOS) config ...
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Deleted almost everything from MacBook Air (2014) and still no storage?

Last night, I was working on Photoshop and it said my scratch disc was full which, after looking it up, meant my startup disc was full. I went through and deleted a good 95% of my photos, all the apps ...