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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Remove unnecessary backups from TimeMachine to get space

I know that oldest backups are removed automatically when there is no space for new ones on TimeMachine. I use TimeCapsule also for sharing files on WiFi, so I’d like to free some space by removing of ...
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List all purgeable files in macOS Sierra

I disabled macOS Sierra storage optimizations and the Storage tab in About this Mac still shows over 70 GB as purgeable space. Is there a utility to display which files are considered as purgeable?
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Why is my Final Cut Pro library file so bloated?

I have a bit of a problem with Final Cut Pro. Specifically, my library file is now 22GB, which, on a 120GB SSD (I'm running a MacBook Air with OS X El Capitan) is way too big. I've been careful to ...
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Something taking up 90GB of storage in MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta

After installing MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta (19A471t) there is something taking up 90GB of my Disk. I tried scanning with Daisy Disk but wasn't able to identify what those files are. How can I find ...
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Cannot partition my Disk: Free space in disk utility much smaller than actual free space

MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 Processor: 2.8 GHt Intel Core i7 Memory 16 GB I want to partition my Disk because I want to try to install Linux-Ubuntu. For this I'm following this tutorial. In Disk utility I ...
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GPS not working properly on iPhone: it knows where it is but app can't recognize it

My iPhone 6 GPS sometimes just does not work properly. I might be using Waze or Google Maps, but it just looks like it's lost. It knows where it is, because it can follow my position on the map, but ...
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APFS encrypted volume, how to get actual free disk space

I have a APFS volume running macOS Mojava. When I right click on the volume and click Get Info it shows: Which in iteslf is confusing because available says 73.99 GB, but used shows all the disk is ...
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macOS Mojave - The great disappearing disk space mystery [duplicate]

I have a 512GB SSD in my Mac. When cleanly installed from a TimeMachine backup, it shows as being about 120GB. Over time, the disk usage steadily increases. Today About My Mac Storage shows just 44GB ...
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What is Mobile Sync - Backup and why is it taking so much space?

I was checking my directory and found out that the Folder Backup in Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup, is taking 13GB of my Harddisk ... What is this and why is taking so much space ...
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Disk usage: How to only show max depth folders?

I want to use the du command so I can find the folders on my system that are bigger than a certain size. The problem with du are the results I get. For example, I get all theses folders as results: ...
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User folder on mac OS is empty, but still uses 60GB of hard drive space

I have deleted all the files under User folder, but it still says that it uses ~60GB of space. Real usage is ~2MB. There are no more files to delete. Is there any hidden files i am not aware of. If ...
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Disk utility free space doesn't match Apple > About this Mac > Storage [duplicate]

There's a difference of almost 6.14GB regarding how much free space both methods report. What's going on here? How much free space I actually have? (The mounted image is very small, non worries ...
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How do I clear disk space on Mac OS Catalina?

diskutil shows Container Total Space: 250.1 GB (250135076864 Bytes) (exactly 488545072 512-Byte-Units) Container Free Space: 10.1 GB (10112528384 Bytes) (exactly 19751032 512-Byte-Units) ...
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What else except media and apps is using space on the Apple Watch?

Something unknown is using most of the space on my Apple Watch: The listed apps/media account for at most 1GB, yet more than 3.5 are “in use”. What could it be and how can I reclaim some space?
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Resizing sparsebundle in Disk Utility

I want to resize (shrink) the capacity of the backup.sparsebundle to approx. the size actually taken up the files. What I did thus far I already compacted the image: # hdiutil compact backup....
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Fresh install of macOS takes up too much space

I recently downloaded the macOS Catalina beta. However, it messed up a lot of my daily apps, so I decided to downgrade back to macOS Mojave. I did the following: Backed up everything Shut down Mac ...
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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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How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space?

Every few days I get notices on my MacBook that it's running or run out of hard drive space. Curiously, restarting the computer will enable me to recover gigabytes of space (this past time, it was ...
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Silencing “Your disk is almost full” notification

After upgrading to macOS Sierra, I'm getting the notification that "Your disk is almost full. Save space by optimizing storage.": The options appear to be to store my files in iCloud, automatically ...
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Disk space not freed up after delete

I had approx 50Gb of Windows VMs on my MacBook Pro internal SSD (128Gb) (OS X 10.7.3). I copied them to an external drive, then deleted them from the internal drive, then emptied the trash. When I ...
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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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How do I quickly find large files and folders on my mac?

I need to free up space on my Mac and know there are a ton of hidden files that are eating up space (Logic for example downloads a lot of instruments... somewhere). Is there any way I can create an ...
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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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iPhone cannot be synced because there is not enough free space to hold all of the selected items

I'm trying to clean up some space on my iPhone, for this I need to sync it with a new Mac. The Mac doesn't have the files on the device, so sync will erase everything on the device. So I want to ...
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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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How can I change the number format in Disk Inventory X?

I'm using Disk Inventory X to find what is taking up the most disk space, and I've noticed that it formats numbers oddly, it particular, the placement of the comma. For example: 2,01.5 GB and 1,24.8 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apple Hardware Disk Utility Unallocated Space on my Hard Drive

While trying to get Boot Camp set up on my MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina 2015 it asked me to partition my hard drive. Doing so I partitioned my 1 TB hard drive so that it dedicated 750 gb to mac and 250 ...
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Hard drive full with 200GB of used space that I can't find

All of a sudden I've run out of space. On my 250GB hard drive, 236GB is used up with only 13GB free. I used Finder to find big files. Nothing significant. I used tools like Disk Inventory X, ...
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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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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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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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Is there a “windirstat”/“Disk Inventory X” type iOS app? (ie app for visualizing hard drive usage on iOS)

This is a pretty simple question. Assuming you know what WinDirStat &/or Disc Inventory X do, which is visualize the usage of your hard drive on a file-by-file basis, sized in proportion to the ...
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HD filling up with cached data?

I have a 256GB SSD which usually sits at around 30GB available space, but recently I've had a problem with what appears to be over zealous caching which has on a number of occasions eaten the entire ...
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How to clean up Docker for Mac containers

I'm using Docker for Mac Version 1.12.0-beta21 (build: 11019) on OS X 10.11.6. The container folder in $HOME/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker contains 3.1 GB of space. docker images -a however ...