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

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My Mac Storage Documents Section taking too much space even though file size not add up [duplicate]

I have MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) Storage: 256GB The problem is, in the Documents section it's taking approx 81 GB size, even though I have calculated all the documents file sizes that do ...
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MacBook Pro: large amount of disk space being used by the system [duplicate]

I'm a PC user who is helping a friend who has a Mac problem. He has a 2017 MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 10.13.6, 1 TB. The problem is that he only has about 2 GB disk space remaining. Using About This Mac &...
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MacBook Pro Big Sur Disk Space Not Properly Allocated

When I list my available Disk Space, I see that I should have around 466Gi available to me. However, only ~23Gi is actually available. df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ...
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How to reclaim free space for APFS after freeing it on Bootcamp?

I have a fairly old macbook (2016) with a 256Gb hard drive running Catalina 10.15.7 on which I've set up Bootcamp splitting the disk roughly in half at the time. Recently, I've decided to upgrade to ...
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Where are the swap files stored?

The swap files used to be stored at /var/vm but when I look there on Catalina, the only thing I find is a sleepimage of approximately 1 GB. Where is the swap stored? Want to know how much of the disk ...
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Moving photo and music libraries to external disk to free up disk space on a Mac desktop

I'm using a 2011 iMac using macOS Sierra 10.12.6. I'm running out of disk space and I want to find out how to transfer entire music and photo libraries to an external SSD, then delete everything on ...
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iPhone - free up photo space for transfer to new phone

Sorry to have to add to the bajillion questions about freeing up space on an iPhone, but I can't seem to find one that addresses my particular need. I just bought a new iPhone 12 Mini with 128Gb ...
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Strange: Disk space is not free after removing file

I have a strange problem and hope I can find a solution here. I'm using a VPN to connect a linux server. When I downloaded ~2Gb binary file from the server to an extra data disk, I found the system ...
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How do you delete the swap space?

My 2015 Mac Book pro is running low on memory, and so it has switched to using the swap space. Though now the swap space is taking up all the computer's virtual memory. Is there any way to delete the ...
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Terminal command to delete unnecessary logs

Avast antivirus says that my mac running Mojave has 1.25 GB of "unnecessary logs": The Avast website does not provide information about their meaning. What are they? How can I delete them ...
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Freeing space by deleting older files in the /Library/Messages/Attachment folder

I would like to be able to free up space on my MacMini main hard disk, and I have found that I have about 61 GB of attachments in my /Users/mlittle-macmini-20200921/Library/Messages/Attachments folder....
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Why does my reported used and available disk space not equal the total reported via "df"?

I'm running mac Big Sur (11.2.3). I get some strange disk space readings when I query free space on the command line ... s davea$ df -h / Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ifree ...
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Finding the right directory to install applications into?

I just downloaded the MS Teams app for MacOS and upon installation was asked if the app should be for all users/ current user/ installed on hard drive. I understand the first two, but was wondering ...
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Can't free up purgeable space in macOS 11.3

I've ran into this problem where my external Thunderbolt volume, which is formatted with encrypted APFS is not letting me free up any space, regardless of what I do. When I first noticed, I manually ...
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How to setup Disk Quotas on macOS Big Sur?

Is there a way to limit a user's disk space usage in macOS Big Sur? I found this article to setup disk quotas from CNET, but apparently it is not working anymore with Big Sur. There are two problems ...
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Question about external USB disk for mac air

So I recently bought just a cheap 32 GB sandisk USB flash drive to add some more space to my macbook air. (I know nothing about this type of stuff so bare with me.) I bought the USB drive so I could ...
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Resizing “VM” APFS volume on osx

I'm trying to free up space but 150gb is taken by "other volumes". diskutil list shows that "VM" volume is taking 150gb. How can I resize it to be smaller? $ diskutil list /dev/...
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What are ios simulator alternatives if I don't have 60 GB free space on my Mac?

I'm running a MacBook Pro (Big Sur OS) with the following disk space ... $ df -h / Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/disk1s5s1 234G 15G 26G 36% / According to this, Xcode ...
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How much disk space do I need to upgrade Xcode on macOS Big Sur? [duplicate]

I'm on macOS Big Sur (11.2.3). I would like to upgrade my Xcode to the latest version and have this disk space available $ df -h / Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/disk1s5s1 ...
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What are safe files to delete to free up space?

Apart from deleting old documents and apps that are no longer useful or can be re-downloaded again from the App Store (like iMovie / Garageband), what can safely be deleted from a Macbook Pro? I ...
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du reports subdirectory sizes which add up to more than the total disk size

My total physical drive space is 256GB and i am not connected to any remote storage. When i run du -sxh ./* 2>/dev/null in zsh shell on macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, i get the following results: 39G ./...
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MacOS - /Library/Updates - Is it safe to delete or not?

I don't have enough space on my MacBook (running on Catalina 10.15.7) and I found 6GB folder named Updates which is located in Library - my question is: Can I safely delete that folder ? I think that ...
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Remove some images from a graphics app to make more space but keep the app. Possible?

In the olden days when you had a lot of files on a computer you just saved them on a hard drive and kept using the software without an issue. I want to do something similar with an ipad. I use ...
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How can I get accurate information about disk space used/available in Big Sur via the command line?

Summary: I would like to be able to tell how much disk space I have used and how much I have available (in GB) in Big Sur in a simple format suitable for parsing in a shell script or similar. Details ...
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Disk Space taken up by misc/other - not TimeMachine

I have OS X 10.15.7 running on a 500GB SSD and OmniDiskSweeper, GrandPerspective and System Information show that I have used about 270GB but only have about 30GB free. OmniDiskSweeper just counts ...
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Macbook not showing correct available diskspace after file deletion [duplicate]

I have deleted over 50gb on my MacBook Air and only showing 16gb as available? The screenshot shows 3 differents representations of the current disk space. I would say the 68.6gb is close to what has ...
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120GB SSD-Disk: More space "used" than the sum of all files

When I open the info-window about my start volume (120GB SSD), it says that 108GB are used, 12GB available. But the sum of the sizes of all folders and files (hidden objects included) in the root ...
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Why is "System" taking over 100 gigs of storage on my Mac?

The System Information app popped-up today telling my disk is nearly full (65 gigs of 256 gig drive). ➥ That tool reports that "System" is taking 132 gigs. What exactly do they mean by "...
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Can I delete any of these items from library?

I erased my hard drive and installed Big Sur from a bootable hard drive. I don’t know why it takes up almost 15GB on an erased hard drive. Update: I just noticed on Disk Utility that 14.9GB is used ...
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I found 15GB large file in ~/Library/Safari called ContentBlockerStatistics.db-wal. What is that and what to do with it?

I run out of space and when was looking what to clean up, I come across ~/Library/Safari/ContentBlockerStatistics.db-wal The size is about 15GB, I tried to open it with SQLite db manager but it is ...
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How to offload already downloaded photos to iCloud?

I've setup a new Mac two weeks ago and its already full cause of Photos downloaded from iCloud. I have the "Photos > Preferences > iCloud > Optimize Mac Storage" checkbox set, but ...
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Slimming down near 200GB ~/Library

After years of moving the same home directory from one version of macOS to the next, ~/Library is becoming a big burden on Time Machine. ~/ > du -s ~/Library/* | sort -nr | head 180487496 /Users/...
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Clean up the InstallerSandboxes directory

I have the usual problem, the disk of my macbook is full. I have tried what people say, like empty the bin, restart in safe mode but none of that works. So I've ran a perl script with sudo which adds ...
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OSX - Not enough disk space to copy file

I've been having issues with my Corsair keyboard and the first step given to me by support was to try updating the firmware. After plugging in the keyboard with the reset button held, it shows up as ...
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4 GB of disk space goes "missing" for a week after browsing away from standard sites, why does this happen?

Using Stack Exchange, reading the news, watching a few YouTubes, browsing journals does not cause this. But when I go off into clickbait and less reputable sites my laptop's fan starts running, memory ...
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Does my SSD not mount because it’s full?

I’m having issues booting. And in order to boot I need to mount this but it won’t work no matter what I try the only thing I’m thinking is that it’s because it is full. Does this have anything to do ...
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Problems moving free space between two partitions

On my Mac I installed another version on Mac OS (10.11) on a new partition, with just the minimum required space available. Now I would like to move and add some free space to it, having some problems ...
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why I have no space on disk? are there some hidden files? [duplicate]

It seems to me that numbers don't adds up: df -ah /Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/disk1s5 113G 11G 16G 41% / devfs 194K 194K 0 100% /dev /dev/disk1s1 ...
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how to delete .cleverfiles created by disk drill

I found this folder called .cleverfiles and it takes over 130G of my MacBook space I found it Accidentally but before I deleted I went to check what is this folder then I lost its path and I can't ...
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Expand APFS container using free space located before the container within macOS

I have an SSD (disk0) that contains my macOS Mojave installation. SIP is enabled (and for reasons outside my control, cannot be disabled) so I cannot give the output for gpt -r show disk0 nor can I ...
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macOS Catalina not allowing me to access full storage on my disc

My hard drive has around 90 GB on it, however Mac is only letting me access/detecting around 40, yet still somehow seeing that there are almost 90 available. I have tried googling around, however most ...
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How can I delete partially downloaded macOS installer files?

I was downloading the Mojave installer using the following command: sudo softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.14.6 When the download reached about 50%, I had to cancel it ...
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All bash commands hang (out of disk space?!?)

I know that when I completely run out of space, bash commands in Iterm (and other places) hangs(do not return). Commands such as ls and so on. And of course also df -h. And if I try to delete a file, ...
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How do I increase size of Virtual Memory in Mac OS Catalina?

I am running Mac OS Catalina 10.15.6 with APFS formatted disk on an unsupported MAC using dosdude1 guide. My experience from windows is I had to make careful calculations on pagefile.sys and run into ...
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disk space not being reclaimed

When I first log in to my mac, the bottom of the finder window shows 28.7 GB available As soon as I interact with the finder, that changes to 417.35 GB available About this mac > Storage shows 417....
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What is the macOS (10.14.6) equivalent of --exclude in du?

What is the macOS (10.14.6) equivalent of --exclude in du ? du -hs --exclude=./node_modules/ du: illegal option -- - usage: du [-H | -L | -P] [-a | -s | -d depth] [-c] [-h | -k | -m | -g] [-x] [-I ...
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Is it safe to delete the com.apple.appstore folder? It takes up 80gb on my 256gb hard drive

Is it safe to delete this folder? From what I've read, it just holds App Store cache. I'm running really low on disk space, and this folder is massive. Edit: The filepath is: Macintosh HD/private/var/...
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Terminal Disk Free `df` returns Huge `ifree` free inodes

This has been going on for a few years through several upgrades. In the Terminal when I type df -h the ifree numbers are ridiculously high and clearly off. Example: $ df / Filesystem 512-blocks ...
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Mysterious extra 100GB of hard drive space taken up [duplicate]

I have a 250GB SSD hard drive on my Mac. Last time I checked the remaining space was about a week ago when I removed Bootcamp and free'd up an extra 50GB of space. This left me with around 150GB space ...
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iPhone reports large storage On My Phone, but I can't find that usage

[iPhone 11 128GB, running iOS 13.6] In Settings -> General -> iPhone Storage, On My Phone reports there is 1.16GB on my iPhone. However, if I tap into that section and review all the files there,...

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