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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Disk usage analyzers freeze at ~/Library/Caches subdirectories

I'm using macOS 12.5.1. No matter which disk usage analyzer I use, they freeze at ~/Library/Caches subdirectories. I tried OmniDiskSweeper, DaisyDisk, ncdu and du, they all froze on me. They all stop ...
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My Mac suddenly ran out of space

All of the sudden my 2013 iMac on Catalina ran out of space. Last time I checked (last week), I'd about 400GB of space on my 1TB hard drive. Now the computer starts really slow and then it says I've -...
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MacOs Diskutil cant resize APFS

How i can add free space to Container disk2 (disk0s4)?
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Docker prune - no disk space reclaimed

I'm not totally sure whether this is an Apple question or a Docker question, but I think it's mostly about Apple's file system reporting. I've been using Docker various times over the past months/...
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Error: -69743: The new size must be different than the existing size

I want to know how can I claim my free space to the container disk0s2 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme ...
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Diagnosing runaway system storage when OmniDiskSweeper fails

Every few days now, I clear 1-2 GB from my hard drive and still get this alert of low disk space on the desktop: Your disk is almost full. Save space by optimising storage And in the Terminal: Your ...
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What is the best Xcode version for C++ development

Currently I use Eclipse on my Mac to develop with plain C++. However, I've been getting quite a few problems with it, but held back bc of my low disk space. Recently, I've freed a lot of disk space ...
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Can't get rid of a disk partition on mac

I have a base model MacBook Pro with M1 and 256gib of storage. I tried macOS Ventura and it was fine, but I didn't like it much so I reverted to Monterey by adding a partition and installing it here. ...
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Recover "free space" on hard drive

How can I merge the free space on my MacBook with the rest of my hard drive? I tried to run Asahi then removed it
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Problem with Library/Caches/CloudKit/com.apple.bird - it takes +200gb [duplicate]

I have problem with files in folder: Library/Caches/CloudKit/com.apple.bird. Files in this folder take +200gb, my disk has 512GB, and I have big problem. I have MacBook 2021, 16" / 32GB RAM. ...
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Is there a way to alert on disk usage (or disk space left) prominently in iOS?

Is there a way to show disk usage (and disk space left) prominently in iOS by issuing alerts when threshold is met? I wish I could see my disk usage (and remaining disk space) like "10GB/256GB ...
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I just inherited an older, used Macbook Air and I'm cleaning it up for use. Why does HD only show 30 GB when it should be 121 GB? (See photo within.)

As the title mentions, I received an older (Early 2014 MacBook Air OS X Yosemite) from my daughter when she bought a new MacBook. I'm not very knowledgeable on Macs but I know some basics. The 'About ...
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Steam app data files using twice the expected disk space on Mac OS Monterey

My son wanted a game from steam, which said it required 40GiB disk space. Sure, done. Installed, but I noticed it was using 80GiB disk space, but didn't think much of it, until it decided to auto-...
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"Not enough space available to transfer" message from Time Machine while attempting to restore a backup

I am attempting to restore a backup with Time Machine for the first time. I use a Macbook air M1 2020 (its SSD is 512 GB), and an external SSD of 1 TB used only for Time Machine with this Macbook. I ...
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Can I safely delete files from /Library/Keychains

I'm having serious problems with disk space, after some investigation I discovered that ~400GB (not a mistake!) of my 1TB HDD is filled with files in /Library/Keychains. It's about 30k files of approx....
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Recover disk space after uninstalling virtualbox

I uninstalled Virtualbox from my MacBook with Big Sur, and deleted the virtual disk image it used. That was a 40G file, easily 4% of the whole drive. And it wasn't sparse; I often run out of disk ...
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LaCie 10TB external drive slows over time

I have a LaCie 10TB drive for storing photos and almost filled it completed. I notice Lightroom runs very slow and I suspect it there is an issue with the file structure. Does the file index table get ...
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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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Usage: tmutil listlocalsnapshots <mount_point>

my Mac's system has 184GB. I believe that's for time machine's local snap shot. I tried to tmutil list localsnapshots, but Usage: tmutil listlocalsnapshots <mount_point> returned. I’m not clear ...
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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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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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