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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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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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macOS High Sierra System Consuming 95.1/121.12 GB Storage

My MacBook Pro(Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) occupies most of my space. I'd done some research and tried some recommended ways but the problem remains. I tried the "tmutil listlocalsnapshots/" command ...
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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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System files of OS X unusually take too much disk space

System files (gray color) take about 100 GB on my macbook. The current OS now is macOS Mojave but in actually this issue happened to my macbook since macOS High Sierra. I tried to analyze my disk ...
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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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My MacBook hard drive has 12 GB of mysterious hidden files, and nothing seems to know what they are

I recently noticed that my MacBook's 120 GB SSD was almost full, despite having only around 78 GB of total files. I couldn't locate any of the mysterious other stuff taking up space on the drive, so I ...
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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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How to stop the “Your startup disk is almost full” message from appearing? [duplicate]

The question is not about how to free space but how to get rid of this annoying message under macOS Sierra, since the "Don't warn me again about this disk" option is absent.
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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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Time based comparative analysis to determine what keeps consuming my free space on in OsX?

This is a question in a similar others on AskDifference about what happens to free space on a disk. But most popular answers refer to different utilities to determine what is consuming space. I ...
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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 ...
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laucnhd and kernel task writing excessively to disk. Clean my mac suggests cleaning apple system logs

launchd and kernel task are writing excessively to disk (and constantly running) on my mac. I'm running macOS Sierra version 10.12.15. Below are screenshots showing excessively logging. I used clean ...
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System size is 8 GB after Clean Install of Sierra

After I did a clean install of Sierra it first showed as 14 GB in size in "About My Mac Storage". After some few weeks it shows as 8 GB in size. Why does happen like this and how do I fix it?
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How do I get OS X 10.11.6 to return my free space?

I've cleared quite a bit of my user files off my Mac, and have restarted. The disk utility shows this: but a df -h in the terminal as I clear never changes from 89 GB free, and when I try to restore ...
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Deleting files for freeing the disk space

My MBA (OS 10.9.5) is showing messages of full disk. So I checked the big files in the system. However I don't want to mess with system files as I don't know anything about them. So asking the fellow ...
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Less free space after securely erasing free space?

I use a mid-13 13-inches Retina MBP 256gb with macOS Sierra 10.12.2. I recently decided to securely erase free space using the following terminal command: diskutil secureErase freespace 1 /Volumes/...
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Reduce size of the Xcode application

Is there anyway to reduce the disk space used to store the Xcode application? I only downloaded Xcode so that I could compile C and C++, so if possible I would like it to take up much less than the 9....