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My storage was not updated

I just changed my storage plan for 50 GB for $0.99 per month. When i went on settings>General>Storage and icloud usage, where it said storage above it i didnt have more storage. But the second box, ...
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Weird free spaces estimation

On my MacBook Pro Retina late 2014 running OS X Yosemite, there's something weird going on. If i look at the storage tab in the "About my Mac" menu, I use only 67 gigabytes of storage but it says 151 ...
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“System” storage on macOS Sierra is 470GB!

My Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13" says I suddenly ran out of Storage space. My Mac barely has any data and my upgrade to Sierra was a clean install. Nothing was ported from previous backups. If you see ...
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One mac, Two or more storage devices - how to divide things?

We're at a crossroads where most Macs now have space and connections to contain two storage devices. SSD are fast, low capacity and expensive - HDD are in comparison slow, huge and cheap. Both iMacs ...
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App Store: Not enough disk space to install Xcode

Similar to Xcode free space requirement, but different details. We could not complete your update There is not enough disk space available to install the product. The download size lists: ...
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iPhone storage doesn't add up?

When I look at the storage section of my phone, the various categories add up to about 2.5 GB of storage, but it says that 11.4 GB is being used. Is there any way to figure out what else is taking up ...
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How large is iOS?

Inspired by this I am Ricardo Lopez, Test Manager for Surface RT. After the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have more that 20GB. As you say, you can always add an SD card and ...
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iCloud storage full: “Not Enough Storage”. Backups exceed 5GB

Just like everyone else, I get the notification that my iCloud is full and no backup can be made. iOS gives me the suggestion to upgrade my storage on my iCloud account. Because I only want to store ...
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Photos taking up storage on iPhone when I have no photos

Problem from iOS 10.1.1 to 10.2.1. I have no photos at all on my iPhone yet in settings it says my photo library is taking up ~200MB of space. The number of space being taken up keeps changing ...
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iCloud has space but iCloud Backup says that I don't have enough to complete a backup

I use 120 MB of iCloud storage space for iCloud Backup of my iPad & iPhone. There is still 4.8 GB free from 5 GB, but I have a notification in iPad's backup window that I'm lacking space to back ...
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How do I mount ejected external USB flash storage? [duplicate]

Suppose that we connect our flash USB drive to a MacBook, then eject this storage from Finder sidebar. Now I want to remount this storage without unplugging and replugging it into the computer, but ...
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What's the practical difference between a 16GB and 32GB iPhone?

I'm looking to close a deal on an iPhone. What I am having difficulty understanding is the difference between 16GB and 32GB. When does it matter if you have 32GB and 16GB? I understand, of course, ...
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Does migrating to Apple's new Photos app actually double my storage requirements?

I was using Disk Inventory X to visualize my hard drive storage and help me find some extra space. It appears that iPhoto Library takes 52.0 GB and Photos Library takes 49.4 GB. Is this a known ...
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What happens to my data if I cancel my iCloud Storage subscription?

I have a plan of $0.99/month. Now I want to cancel my subscription. I have 30GB of iCloud Data. I don't know what happen with all my data in iCloud. Will I still be able to get access, or it will be ...
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macOS not showing the actual free space

I'm in the process of installing Windows 10 on my Macbook Pro (macOS 10.13.4/17E202, 256 GB of storage, no partition), but Boot Camp says I need at least 40 GB of storage. So I freed up some space by ...
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What are the best disk cloning tools?

Money is no object. I want a bit for bit perfect copy of a hard drive/partition which is bootable (is either possible) to be used in a backup regimen. I have heard of some tools but your ...
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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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Diagnose disk I/O per application

I have a Leopard system which feels rather sluggish, and which I suspect may be disk-I/O-bound. While I know how to check which app is using CPU or memory (top or Activity Monitor), I don’t really ...
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WhatsApp using huge space on my Mac SSD

My parents gave me a MacBook for Christmas with a 256GB SSD and a few days ago I notice I only have 40GB left on the SSD. I tried researching this and according to this question (How can I figure out ...
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How to fix iPhone 5S reporting excessive space used for Photo Library?

I have an iPhone 5S running iOS 8.1.3. I have removed all photos from the phone (i.e. the Camera Roll is empty). However, under Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage, it reports that 1.9 GB ...
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Can I move Xcode and Android Studio to SD card

I'm planning to buy a 64GB SD card to supplement the storage on my MacBook Air 128GB (early 2015) I wanted to know if I can move my Xcode and android studio to it as both have them take a significant ...
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Can I mark a SD Card as permanent storage?

I own a PNY - StorEDGE 128GB and I remember that it was initially recognized as a fixed/permanent disk like a hard disk. I reformatted it to add encryption but now the disk is shown as a removable ...
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How can I delete a (null) app in usage?

In my usage list(settings>general>storage & iCloud usage>manage storage), there is an app that registers as (null) with no icon, a version number that doesn't match anything I've previously ...
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In the disk of an iPhone, are both HFSX slices journaled?

The question Is journaling enabled for the system partition? Background Answers to three questions show that both HFS slices of the disk are HFSX: What is the file system on iPhone? (2011-10-12) ...
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“Other” taking up over HALF of my storage space

I've recently gotten a new computer (16" base model with 8GB GPU), and its 500GB of storage had dropped to just 80 when I checked it. Here's the screenshot: I've checked through all my folders, and ...
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AddressBook taking 62 GB space by images

For whatever reason, AddressBook is taking up 62gb of space on my limited availability system of a Macbook Pro running Mojave. This is what the daisy disk looks like. How can I fix this and why is ...
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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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What counts as data usage on the iPhone?

I went from low usage of data on an average to over my limit and I do not know why. How can I tell? Does streaming music count? I have AT&T, so I think I have unlimited texting. Do photos on my ...
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Deleted GarageBand but taking up space [duplicate]

I deleted GarageBand by dragging the app to the trash, but in the system information it says it is still taking up over 20gb, where are these files located?
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Stop iCloud automatic download to harddrive

How do I stop iCloud from downloading files to my hard drive? I opened up a folder and it immediately started downloading all contents
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iPhone Storage Space Inaccuracy (No Storage Space)

I have an 8GB iPhone 4s and it always says I have no space. However when I go into Settings > General > Usage It says that I have 1.3GB of free space. I only have 5 photos and 3 Apps downloaded ...
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macOS Catalina update failing due to low disk space

I am trying to update my MacBook to new macOS Catalina. But my downloading had failed twice. Now I downloaded installer but I can't update because I have low disk space. Because when my download was ...
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Others in Macintosh HD

How can I reduce the size of my HD folder? I have more than 22 GB in "others". It is actually using more memory than my documents and apps and does not show contents. I have deleted the main info in ...
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8GB model iPhone 4S is only showing 5.4GB capacity (4.2GB available)

It used to say 8GB capacity in the General > About Settings menu. Now it only says 5.4. I've done a "restore as new" but it's still showing the same. Help?
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WD external drive won't mount in OSX - partition map rebuild?

I have a WD Mybook Studio 500gb that will not mount. I've tried every possible option in Disk Utility and it see the drive (unlike finder), but won't mount the partition. I also tried plugging it in ...
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Remove attachments from sent messages

I've got an older Macbook with a 256 GB HDD drive, running 10.12.6 (Sierra), with Mail 10.3. It looks like a huge amount of storage (roughly 56 GB worth!) is being taken up by old Mail attachments — ...
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Weird storage declaration from my computer

With no good reason I had a look at my computer's storage going on the apple and About this Mac. Here is the display: The pink bar doesn't make much sense. It obviously does not represent the 80.67GB ...
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Not enough storage

I have an 8GB iPhone. I've had not enough storage for a while so I went through my photos and deleted 100. I also deleted old notes that I don't need. I also deleted an app of 81.5 MB. I tried ...
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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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Reduce the storage space taken up by “System” on my iPhone 6s without restoring and setting up iPhone as new

I have an iPhone 6s with iOS 11 and I have just noticed that a large amount of my iPhone's storage space being occupied by "System" (12.27 GB). I have tried the answers for the iPhone 4 explained in ...
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What are the “sleepimage” and “swapfile” documents?

I was using Disk Inventory X and found a file called sleepimage in /private/var/vm/ It takes up 4 GB! I also found numerous other files in the same folder called swapfile0 swapfile1, etc. What are ...
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camera roll “usage” number does not match photos in the app

I have completely deleted all photos in all categories from my iPad 3 (16G iOS 7) but my settings continue to state that I still have 3.5G "used" (camera roll) in the Photos/camera app. I have no idea ...
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Is it safe to delete the content of ~/Library/Logs?

I would like to know if it is safe to delete the content of my ~/Library/Logs folder, because it is taking quite a lot of space. I have found that it should be save, but if there is someone who can ...
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iOS available space doesn't add up

Am I going mental, or does the number in the following image make no sense at all? my top 10 apps seem to account for barely ~15GB, so why is my used space so high? So, I'm calling this a bug. The "...
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High Sierra disk space issues

Am I missing something with my hard drive space? I'm running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 on my MacBook Pro and trying to clear some disk space to install something. Disk info says I have 30 GB free ...
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Change default installation location to install xCode

I want to install Xcode in my MacBook Air OSX 10.8.3. The issue is my MacBook Harddisk is just 64GB and it's almost full. I have an external HDD (Formatted to MAC partition) and how can I install ...
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What are the risks with low disk space on a Mac?

I've seen some suggestions about not allowing free disk space to go critically low or ... to have no less than about 15% of your drive's capacity free ... Currently, I've been silencing the "disk ...
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Can't update Xcode even with 19gb free space [duplicate]

I have an available update for Xcode that is in the 7gb range, and when I try to update I get an alert saying there isn't enough disk space - I checked my space and I have 19gb available (of 120gb). ...
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Why does iCloud take up 30+ gigs of storage on my Mac?

For some reason iCloud is taking up over 30 gigabytes of storage on my MacBook Air. How do I get rid of this? I though the whole point of iCloud was to save space not eat it up! I'm on macOS Sierra 10....
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How can I delete pictures off Photo Stream to free up iCloud storage space?

I have Photo Stream set up and my pictures show up in iPhoto on my Mac. Do I have to import them to keep them permanently? How can I free up iCloud space?