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Mac “other” storage super hidden [duplicate]

I've looked through quite a few other posts about this issue and they always seem to get resolved by some iTunes or document storage that the Mac is accidentally tracking as part of the "other&...
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system storage full after migrating to new iPhone, old phone has plenty of free storage

I have an iPhone 11 128GB with around 30GB of used storage. Most of the photos are uploaded up into 200GB iCloud which is full at the moment. I got an iPhone 12 and transferred data & settings ...
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iCloud still full after deleting lots of messages

My iCloud was full, mostly due to messages. So, I deleted the biggest message files, reducing the space down to 1.78GB. However, it still says my iCloud is full - on my phone, laptop and on icloud....
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Why does Finder give several different sizes in Get Info?

I'm looking at the size of a folder in get info, and Finder is giving me two different sizes, differing by about 10 GB! I'm curious as to the reason and source of this size difference. In the image ...
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Can I delete files in /Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Logs?

My MacBook is becoming unstable due to limited disk space the major culprit for which is a mysterious category called "Other". Poking around a bit (a lot actually) I find that I have over ...
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Will turning off and delete photos via icloud preferences on macbook delete my iphones photos?

I was writing a note in my notes app when a popup came up saying my cloud was full, it prompted me to go to references, so I did. Now in iCloud preferences I see the following: For a while now I have ...
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Why Other storage keeps increasing when I don't download anything on this laptop

I cleaned my Macbook Pro about 2 months ago, I deleted plenty of non useful files and junk and I made about 100 gb free. After this I use this laptop only for browsing web, watch youtube and write ...
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Can I delete files from my dyld folder?

I have a 13-inch Early 2015 MacBook Air (OS 11.2.5) with 128 GB, and I'm trying to clear some space for a game I want to install. So far, I've transferred my school assignment files into my external ...
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Why are “Messages in iCloud” still taking up storage on my Mac if they’re supposed to be in the Cloud?

I have all of my messages stored in iCloud, but for some reason they’re still taking up SSD storage on my Mac. This behavior doesn’t happen on my iPhone, but it does on my Mac and I’m not sure why. If ...
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What is the expected durability of a Mac mini (2020) flash storage?

I just bought a new Mac Mini (2020) with 512 GB flash storage. As the flash storage of this model is soldered to the Mainboard this means to me if the flash fails the Mac mini will be dead. As this ...
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How do I delete messages from my Mac but keep them in iCloud?

I've currently got about 3GB of messages on my Mac, and I'd like to free up this space but want to be sure that I'm not accidentally deleting them from everywhere. I've got plenty of space in iCloud, ...
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macos: How would I find the top fastest growing files and directory

How would I find the top fastest growing files and directory subtree to see what's gobbled up all the space on macos?
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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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82GB of “other” don't appear in OmniDiskSweeper or Freediskspace

I have a new MacBook Pro 13' where I installed a few programs and transferred my files from my previous MacBook. However, my SSD is already almost full, according to the settings (only 12.64GB left). ...
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Why is my Hard-Drive filling up quickly? [duplicate]

I am running macOS Catalina, on a 2017 MacBook Air Recently I moved the I-Movie Library off of my mac, and onto an External Hard Drive. So I checked My storage and it said 30 gigabytes free. Then 3 ...
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What do the partitions /dev/disk1s* in filesystem mean (disk storage management)?

When U run df -h I get the following output (formatted as table for better viz). What do all these /dev/disk1s* mean? Can it be that I lose space due to some imposed partition? Filesystem Size Used ...
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Are photos in 'Photo' on MacBook the same resolution as original photos on iCloud?

I store all my photos on iCloud. I want to make a backup of all my photos (60 000-odd) on a removable storage unit. This is easy if I select all photos in 'Photo' on my MacBook and drag these to my ...
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Macbook: Other Storage Growing at Insane Rates [duplicate]

I have an Early 2015 Macbook Pro Retina running Big Sur 11.2.3 that has been acting up lately. Essentially my "Other" storage is growing at insane rates. After rebooting, I have 145GB free ...
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Why is “Other” storage in iPhone 8 taking up over 50 GB?

I tried resetting my iPhone 8 by selecting "Erase All Content and Settings", but for some reason, when I check my storage after, "Other" is taking up 50GB??? I haven't even backed ...
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On MacOS 10.15.5, “About This Mac --> Storage” is not recognizing my RAID-1 drive correctly

I upgraded from El Capitan to Catalina 10.15.5 on a MacbookPro mid-2012 , the oldest HW that Catalina will run on. Then, I created a RAID-1 drive using 2 USB disks. "About This Mac --> Storage" is not ...
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How to reduce macOS usage of substantial portion of hard disk space for storing iCloud documents

I have a MacBook Pro 256 GB SSD(Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)running Mac OS Big Sur but this issue goes beyond these specs. I have a 2TB iCloud Storage plan, of which 1.54 TB is available. Out of the ...
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Deleting files doesn't free storage on SSD

Recently my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) with 251 GB Flash Storage and Mac OS Catalina 10.15.7 started complaining about not enough space left on the hard disk. So I started deleting ...
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iMovie doesn't appear to be able to use all the available space on iPad

When trying to save a 15-minute movie from iMovie in order to upload it in the YouTube app, I frequently get the message "Storage Full: There is not enough space left on this device. You cannot ...
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Other Mac storage taking up 90GB! Help!

I currently have other storage around 90GB on a 120GB internal drive so pretty much all of it. I have optimised to iCloud and deleted all large extra files and documents etc. However, on the ...
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It says I've got about 3 GB and it won't let me download something for 2.2 GB. Why is it saying this and how do I successfully download it?

It says I've got about 3 GB on my mac but when I try to get iMovie from the App Store (something that takes 2.2 GB) it says I do not have enough room on my Mac. I am using an Apple Macintosh Macbook ...
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Can I exempt a single file in iCloud directory from deleting locally?

I use the "storage optimisation" feature on my Mac. Part of this feature is that it deletes local files to save on local storage, and files can then be downloaded when needed. I like this ...
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Is “flash storage” the same “SSD”?

I'm looking to see if the two are interchangeable and if not what the differences are. If the two in fact have a difference, perhaps adding devices or cases where each are normally used over the ...
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What determines the limit on voicemail storage on an iPhone 7?

My iPhone 7 stopped taking voicemails. I dialed it from a different number and got the automated message, "voice mailbox is full." I contacted my carrier, Credo Mobile, and they explained ...
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Finder showing inconsistent sizes

On Mojave macOS, Finder here says that I am using 72 gigs of space. But when I open my HD it all adds up to about 42 gigs. Which is size of the system folder as shown in About This Mac, however, here ...
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Is there a way to set iCloud to keep enough SSD space on Macbook Air?

I am using a Macbook Air 2020 with a 250 GB SSD running Catalina and I keep running out of hard drive space, despite having about 60 GB available on iCloud. There's about a 35 GB difference, which I ...
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Partially redeem Apple Gift Card on App Store

After using £200 of the value of my Apple Gift Card in the apple retail outlet(physical shop), I now have a balance of £500 of which I'd like to put £100 of that towards my App Store credits so I can ...
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Is there there an iOS equivalent of Android's “Delete app storage”?

For many years Android has had a function which allows one to wipe a certain app's data by going to Settings -> Apps -> (select app) -> erase app storage. Most of the time, this will reset ...
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What folders can I delete from Mac's “Updates” folder?

I have currently run out of space on my mac for any new updates. I've been using OmniDiskSweeper to find the culprits of my space issue, and I found that Library/Updates is taking up 19.1GB, so I'm ...
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Photos not backed up to iCloud even though I have space

My iPhone 11 says that 577 of my photos have not been uploaded to iCloud because there is not enough space. However when I go to Settings > iCloud it says that I have only used 35.6 of 50 GB of the ...
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Storage in /System/Volumes/Data doesn't add up (“Other” taking a lot)

I'm confused by the storage stats. I have a macOS Big Sur under APFS (~736 Gi with 578 Gi used) and also a BootCamp Windows (~189 Gi with ~143 Gi used) alongside. "System Information" says I ...
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Unable to figure out required (to be deleted) Documents as information is not consistent

I am trying to free up some space (around 20GB) in order to install Big Sur on my 2019 Air, 128GB. Under Storage Management, I select Documents that are shown to occupy 36GB of space. However, there ...
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Why is so much “Other” space occupied on an iPhone 4?

I have the problem in iTunes where the "Other" data on the iPhone is excessively large. It's taking up over 5 GB of space. I've searched this topic over and over, tried just about every option I've ...
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Where does Mac Messages store older Attachments?

I'm looking for one specific photograph, a jpg taken on my iPhone, which I know was sent to my partner over Messages, towards the end of 2019. I don't have it in what used to be Camera Roll on the ...
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Recently deleted folder empty but takes up space?

I have an Iphone XR with IOS 14.2 I emptied my recently deleted folder multiple times but it still takes up space. Does anyone know how to solve this issue?
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Storage devices that work with both iPad and iMac

I currently have a problem that my grandparents have an old Mac Mini (2007 or so) which is no longer fit for use. They generally just use an iPad now for all of their internetting/computing needs, ...
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How to use Jupyter Notebook with iCloud storage to read a data set?

I am trying to work with a very large dataset in my Mac. The storage space on my Mac was not enough, so I bought 50 GB of iCloud storage. But I don't know how to use it. I still cannot download data ...
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iCloud Drive on Mac is taking up space on HD

I am trying to clear space on my hard drive. I scan a lot of negatives that come in as super high res tiff files that take up a ton of space. I'm trying to move all of the negative scans to my iCloud ...
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iCloud: Can I control how much space “Optimise Mac Storage” tries to leave on the local machine?

When using "Optimize Mac Storage" for iCloud drive, how much space does iCloud try to leave on the machine? Is there anyway to adjust the amount of storage space that it leaves as it ...
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Trying to pair led panel with Iphone

This is a bit of a wild one. I have an led panel which can connect via 2.4ghz to a dedicated remote. I want to know if I can force my iphone to connect to that panel, then connect it to a smart app (...
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Trash moved to Other, wasn't removed

I had 30 GB of trash (UnrealEngine4) and when I emptied it, it only took a second and it all became part of Other in About this Mac - Storage. I was looking at it, before it was 30GB in Trash, and ...
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Saving space by thinning universal intel/arm binaries

I have no ARM CPUs on any of my laptops or desktops. If ever I get a computer new enough, it will already have all the binaries it needs or will get them from updates. So there is no justification ...
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How much video can you record on a 64 GB iPhone 12?

I’m considering a phone upgrade, but don’t really need a lot of storage. Approximately, how much of different resolutions video, can one record onto a 64GB iPhone 12? How many minutes of video would a ...
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How much space does a mac os update occupy after installation?

I am currently running mac OS Catalina 10.15.3 and I want to update to Big Sur, however, it needs a lot of space and I am actually limited on space as I have a 128 GBs laptop (big mistake, I know), my ...
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Is it ever possible for a disk/volume to be mounted anywhere other than in /Volumes?

It seems that under macOS that all disks of every type will always be mounted under /Volumes. (Except, of course, for the boot drive which will always be mounted at /.) But is this just the case under ...
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Creating Encrypted Time Machine disk is taking DAYS!

I bought a G-Drive 8TB external USB-C hard drive to use as a Time Machine disk for my new 15" 2018 MacBook which is appointed with 32GB of RAM & 4TB SSD storage. Snappiest MacBook you can buy, or ...

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