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Is there a way to manually move Whatsapp videos between iPhones?

A week ago I moved to a new iPhone, moving all my Whatsapp chats and media to the new one using iCloud backup. Now, I forgot to backup videos, too, thinking they would move along with the phone's ...
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Determining iPad storage capacity without the physical device?

Is there a way to tell how much storage my iPad mini 4 has without looking at the back? I am trying to sell mine but I left it at home. I know the model number (A1538) and ECID but neither of those ...
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Mac Storage having buggy behaviour, showing more storage for icloud than what I have

My MacBook Pro Apple M2 Darwin Kernel Version 23.3.0 has a bug. So I have currently a shortage of storage and I tried to see what exactly is taking up my space. However the results were surprising It ...
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Can the Apple Photos app index large photo libraries on an external drive?

I have never used Photos before except some bad experiences with it 10 years ago. I would like to use Photos to index over 2Tb of photos (2.26Tb with 415'805 photos to be precise) on an external hard ...
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Half of my iCloud storage is full of nothing! (backups)

I'm still on the 5gb iCloud free storage (I refuse to pay the 50gb Apple's monthly fee!), which I use mainly for important things cloud storage and iPhone backup, and I set it up to fit. Last week my ...
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How do you monitor free disk space?

So I’ve recently switched full-time to Mac from Windows for a multitude of reasons and most of them have been benevolent and I much prefer the file system in general the way Macintosh does it. But if ...
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Unable to share iCloud storage upgrade with family members

I have used iCloud on my Mac to store my Desktop and Documents folders for years. I have an extra terabyte of iCloud storage that I'm not using, so I'd like to let a family member use it. I have ...
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Is there any way to exploit extra iCloud storage space beyond the size of my SSD?

I have a Macbook with a 500GB hard drive, but I pay for the 2TB tier of iCloud storage. I'm imagining things like a virtual drive where I could park rarely used files, similar to a photostream which ...
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Folder in my Mac is larger than the disk

I have an old MacBook Air that I share with my spouse. The Mac has 251 GB of flash storage, total. However, my spouse has somehow managed to squeeze 535 GB of data into it: Now I am trying to resolve ...
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How to free up miscalculating Storage on MacOS that occupies 90GB of my MacOS

I have just reinstalled my MBP on Sonoma but I cannot install any software because of the insufficient storage error. However, the Storage setting shows I still have plenty of space but the Disk ...
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macOS folder in Storage Management will not 'Show in Finder', searching Finder for folder name finds nothing. How do I locate a folder?

There is a folder in 'iOS files' with a nonfriendly name, like 056161156-651E66560561 and if I select it and choose the Show in Finder button, nothing happens. The same button works for other folders. ...
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How to safely clean up resource fork files?

I'm trying to clean up my hard drive to recover some disk space. Part of what I'm doing is merging two large directories of image files that I know have lots of duplicates because they were two copies ...
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Gathering photos from multiple sources on a new iMac

For a home system, multiple computers and systems would like to access a shared photo dataset. I'm helping them to set up their new system, but I'm not experienced in administrating computers or ...
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Restoring from APFS Time Machine backup that includes always-connected external drive: Do I need to format the external drive?

I have an APFS (case-sensitive, encrypted) Time Machine backup that includes both my internal SSD (APFS) and a much larger APFS volume on an external SSD. The backup containing both is on a slow but ...
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iPhone storage issue

My iPhone 12 64GB iOS v16.1.1 keeps running out of space. I've performed all the options in 'Manage Storage', removed all but my essentials apps, pruned messages/ attachments, regularly restart etc. ...
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iOS: space management like `ncdu`

Is there a way to see what files and directories are using the most space on iOS? iOS itself shows the storage used by each app, but no more finegrained than this. E.g., my video player app has ...
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How can I record a 45-minute concert using my iPhone (storage!!)

I want to make a simple video recording of a 45-minute concert using my iPhone XS (iOS 16.6) but there is only 20GB of storage available. I understand that my recording will use more than 20GB. I ...
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If someone switches to their family's shared iCloud storage, can they choose to switch back to an individual plan without leaving the Family?

I have Family Sharing with 3 other family members through my iCloud+ account (2GB). Right now, we are not sharing storage, and each of the other family members has either a 200GB or 50GB individual ...
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How to delete only the large movie files from iPhoto (and not all movies)?

I have an iPhone, (work) MacBook and (home) Windows PC, and have set automated download from iPhotos to my home PC. Like many of us, I've filled up my iPhoto library with large videos. I can see from ...
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Fusion Drive using external SSD & HDD

Coworker has an Acasis NVMe enclosure with a 1TB NVMe. Speeds are about 3000MB/s on USB4. The thing is that he has lying around a 8TB HDD 2.5 from an old PC. It would be awesome to use both as “Fusion ...
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Why is Time Machine not pruning old backups?

Time Machine has stopped backing up for me "because there is insufficient free space on the backup disk." Only one snapshot is visible in the Finder; when I do right-click and select Get ...
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an app that tells what changed on a disk [duplicate]

Is there any app that will tell what made a Mac's disk storage grow or shrink? It seems like every week or so, Finder shows my available storage has jumped or shrunk by more than a few GBs. Yesterday, ...
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RAM disk in macOS Ventura

How to create a RAM drive in macOS Ventura? The Apple App Store lists only a single app for creating a RAM disk. And apparently that app does not actually work, per review comments. For the curious… ...
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Where did my SSD storage go? [duplicate]

iMac has 1 TB SSD. There are four Finder root-level folders: Applications (Size 45 GB), Library (Size 21 GB), System (Size 19 GB), Users (Size 183 GB), a total of 268 GB. On the desktop Macintosh HD ...
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Cannot Access my Files on External APFS SSD in "Other Volumes"

On my external SSD, which is formatted as APFS (Case-sensitive), there are a lot of important personal files (around 219 GB). When I plug the drive into my MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 2021) and open it in ...
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How to find large files that are taking space in "Documents" category of Storage Manager [duplicate]

I am having trouble alleviating space problems on my Mac. It states that I have over 330 GB worth of Documents. However, I've emptied and trash and cleaned up all large files: I have no idea what ...
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How do I delete Voice Memos from my Mac without deleting them from my iCloud?

I unfortunately own a 256GB Mac and storage is proving to be a huge problem. Once I can afford to buy a new computer, I will. Until then, I have used a tool to identify areas of storage that are ...
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Can a storage cap / limit be established to protect a Mac with low storage from iCloud download / local caching of data?

I have a mac mini of 1 tb and a macbook air of 256gb, so my air is almost not usable because it keeps filling up leaving 1-2gb of free space. I can't even run my softwares to work correctly so i'm ...
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Removing photos and songs from iPad storage after sync turned off

After turning off iCloud sync for Music and Photos, how do I remove the songs and photos that are already there? I'm setting up an iPad which has a very small amount of storage. I had hoped that ...
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M1 MacBook Air Base Model - How Much SSD Free Space exists on my 256 storage Mac?

I just got an M1 MacBook Air base model with a 256GB SSD. After setting it up to my liking and running Migration Assistant and getting rid of junk I don't need, I wondered how much free space I had ...
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Can I delete previous Anki backups on my iPhone and keep just the latest?

I use Anki on my laptop, iPad and iPhone. My iPhone is running out of storage and I need to delete some stuff. I’ve noticed that I have multiple anki backups that take up a bunch of space. If I were ...
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Corrupted file on external hard drive

I have installed a file onto my external hard drive, since then my external hard drive has dramatically slow down and files takes too long to load or open (the external drive is not useable anymore). ...
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How to default file saving to phone (not cloud)?

I recently downloaded a lot of files to the "Files" folder app on my iPhone that came with it (not an app installed). Unfortunately, this caused all the files to be put on the "cloud&...
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Where are the phantom/ghost files in iOS Photos?

I'm experiencing the infamous "phantom/ghost" photos issue on my iPhone (XS Max; iOS 16). In short, I have deleted all photos on my phone, including from the Recently Deleted album, but my ...
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Encrpyted APFS + replace motherboard means data lost?

I had to replace the motherboard on a MacBook Pro 2015 A1502. It was running on encrypted APFS. When I try to mount the partition in Recovery Mode, it doesn't accept the password. I'm thinking it ...
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Help! - macOS Ventura Updated - Google Drive Local cache location missing

I've received this message on Google Drive - The folder location is controlled by macOS - and Local cache files have now been moved with an update. I use Local cache files to backup synced on an ...
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MacBook Pro (M1) reports more disk space used than available on system

Hope the title is clear enough. When I go to System settings > General > Storage, the amount of used space showed is larger than the real actual disk capacity. Was wondering why this is so? I ...
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Migrate to a new iCloud plan from current Family Sharing plan [duplicate]

I am currently on a Family Sharing plan (2TB) but need to move to my own plan. On my Mac, when I click on "Add Storage", it prompts me saying that, when I change my storage plan, I will stop ...
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Macbook Air (2020) sudden increase in storage

Today I closed my Macbook then opened it again 4 hours later and the available storage went from 15.1 gb to 21.6gb. (I know that's very low for MacOS). I checked with Disk Inventory X and Grand ...
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System Information shows my Documents folder using a lot more GB that actual data size represented

Here is the screenshot of the System Information application showing my Documents folder. Documents folder summary is 32.8GB. However data inside is hardly 1GB. There are no other hidden folders. What ...
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Why does my Applications take up 79GB of storage but I don't see what is actually using all the storage [duplicate]

I tried to clear up some storage but I see 79gb of storage used by my applications but i can't see what is taking it up
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Where to save files that won't be Desktop or Documents?

I was told by Apple Support to hold my computer's cloud drive on pause while I organize my files. They saw how I had many files on Desktop and Documents. I have now somewhat organized them into ...
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Why is the storage of Applications showing incorrectly in mac? [duplicate]

I've had problems regarding my storage on the HDD recently. The applications total shows up as 56GB but all the distribution that I can find is this (in the image). Where else is that remaining 40+ GB ...
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System storage space keeps increasing on macOS Ventura

I am running a macOS 13 Ventura on a 3-month-old MacBook Air M2. It was all fine until I upgraded to Ventura. But once I did, I started noticing an increase in the amount of storage space the system ...
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System data storage is huge

The system data on my mac is taking more than 110GB of space. Is this normal? The ~/Library/Containers folder is 64G. Can I delete this folder? Edit: I installed OmnidiskSwiper, Its tells me that the ...
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iCloud Manage Storage Pane Functionality, Device Local Data and Backups?

I'm viewing the iPhone pane featured in the screenshot below. The pane is located under "Settings"->"Apple ID"->"iCloud"->"Manage Storage" and titled &...
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Is it possible to replace Macbook Air 2017's SSD?

Mine is a 2017 i5 Macbook Air. I think 128 GB is severely limited for software development purpose these days. 512 is preferrable, because I have more space for Xcode, some VirtualBox VMs, etc. Is it ...
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Where are the thumbnails and the photos themselves from the Google Photos iOS app saved on iPhone?

Photos taken with the iPhone camera are saved in DCIM I believe and the thumbnails are stored \var\mobile\Media\PhotoData, as ithmb files I also believe. Where would the Google Photos app on iOS keep ...
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TechTool Pro surface scan No bad blocks, SMART failed

I have a HDD which stores pdfs. So far I haven't had problems accessing the files. I ran a complete surface scan using TechTool Pro which said no bad blocks. Right before I ran the surface scan the ...
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Get iCloud storage plan and quota via Terminal?

I am aware that the command: brctl quota Will (as long as it's run from a logged-in session) display the number of bytes remaining in the user's iCloud storage. I am looking for a way to ...
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