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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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Delete Xcode shared folder

Can I delete the Developer > Xcode > Shared folder? I want to clear out space and noticed that it takes up 2 gigs of data. Is it safe to delete? I use Xcode often.
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GenuisScan folder takes up 16 GB

I have an older iMac running High Sierra. I just ran GrandPerspective on my nearly full drive to get a visual mapping of my hard drive. It showed several large areas indicating a significant amount of ...
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MacBook says out of space but disk inventory and daisy disk show plenty of space please please help [duplicate]

I have a mid 2011 MacBook air with 128 gb but from every app it says im only using 98 gb while the system has 76.45 gb that its taking that I cannot locate anywhere. I have tried everything I can ...
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Daisydisk reports more than 40GB “still hidden” space on macOS Catalina

On my Mac running macOS Catalina, I noticed there were much less and less free space during past several weeks in which I had done little file additions or software installations. Scanning with ...
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Can't remove a hidden bootcamp partition [duplicate]

I had a bootcamp partition that I'd wanted to remove. It seemed like it'd been removed using bootcamp, but it is still taking up a big chunk of space in the System storage, and now I can't find it to ...
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Can I safely remove these MOV files from the OSX SSD?

It is my 'Macintosh HD Info': However from time to time I get this 'There is not enough disk space available to install the product.'. So I really want to free up some space. I also use the '...
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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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Disk space not freed up after deleting files and emptying Trash

I had approximately 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. ...
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Time Machine Backups taking too much space?

Yesterday, I installed an external hard disk for my Time Machine — well, a 1.6Tb partition of a 2Tb hard disk. I am running a new iMac with 512Gb SSD. The internal drive is about half full. After a ...
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BootCamp The startup disk does not have enough space to be partitioned even if it does

So, I'm trying to install windows 10 through bootcamp and I have this problem: when I check for free space I see this: Even if I free a couple of more gb the error remains the same. I turned of Time ...
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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 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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What is the difference between this disks (0 and 1) on my Mac?

I want to know how does my Mac use this disks. What is the difference between this disks (0 and 1) on my Mac? And what is the difference between internal and synthesized? I would be appreciated if ...
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Other Volumes issue after a crash/reinstall… Is there any way to recover the data in the Other Volumes?

I had my mac crash last month, and I did a reinstall... But I guess I didn't delete the old volumes first. Now I have most of my internal drive is "Other Volumes". 1) Is there any way to access that ...
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Users Library folder much larger than contents [duplicate]

There are a number of similar questions about folders being larger than contents, however, from what I've seen the most common suggestion is to check the Library folder, which may be hidden. In my ...
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How to safely remove unused Xcode .pkg files from /private/var on Catalina?

EDIT: I have solved the problem (the main cause of it, at least). The issue seemed to stem from rouge XCode installation files that were cached in private/var/folders/gh/... during several failed ...
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What is a good replacement for the 'df' command that is broken on macOS Mojave?

The 'df' has been my tool of choice to investigate how much free space I have on my disk. But with APFS, TimeMachine local snapshots and all that, it has become unreliable. I.e. after removing a lot ...
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Time Machine backup is too large (but shouldn't be)

I get: This backup is too large for the backup disk. The backup requires 35.72 GB but only 24.79 GB are available. Facts: Estimated size of full backup: 149 GB Size of Backups.backupdb on the Time ...
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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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How to deduplicate iMovie files in “Original Media”?

With each project, iMovie imports videos, images, and audio into an iMovie Library.imovielibrary. I want my originals in a separate folder, along with other originals that I didn't import into iMovie ...
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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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Is there a way to run Clusters App (transparent disk compression) on a modern MacBook?

In the past I've been using: http://clustersapp.com/ I'm on 10.14 Mojave and probably soon on Catalina. Just wondering if you know how to allow this program to run again? In the toolbar menu it's ...
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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 can I free up space to reinstall macOS (Catalina)?

Ok, I’m in a bit of a pickle here. I wanted to install the latest macOS 10.15.1 update today and was initially told that I needed to “free up more space”, since the upgrade expects about 19 GB of free ...
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More than 120 GB Hidden space in Mojave

My mac is eating up all free space and I have no clue where it's coming from. I have used tools like DaisyDisk or OmniDiskSweeper to find any folder/files which might be taking this space, but there ...
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df result obviously wrong

I just deleted a large (50 Gb) file and have emptied the recycle bin but df -h still reports my disk as only having 31Gi available. As the result from df is effectively instantaneous it must be using ...
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Snapshot hell? Unable to free space on macOS Catalina

Like many others I am unable to clear up space after deleting files. I tried clearing snapshots: # tmutil listlocalsnapshots / Snapshots for volume group containing disk /: # tmutil ...
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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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Large amount of disk used by “System”. Time machine not to blame. What's taking up so much space?

So, I found a number of threads related to System files on Macs taking up to much space, and it seems for most people they are related to Time Machine snap shots. However, when I run sudo tmutil ...
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How much space do I need to make a bootable Catalina volume on my Mojave Mac?

I'm thinking of installing Catalina on a Volume to test and wondered how much space this new OS will take up on my Mac. I'm planning on using APFS Volume so both my main Macintosh HD and User data ...
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A modern and faster alternative to Disk Inventory X

Disk Inventory X was kind of nice, but it is painfully slow. Are there any modern and faster alternatives? I only care about the disk space, and not about the file type stats and about the graph ...
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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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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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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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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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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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