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Block external storage for a user account

I am doing a proposal for new network where the Macs will be networked, OS X Mavericks + server app Is there any solution to disable external storage USB/Thunderbolt/Firewire/CD/ Bluetooth? ...
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iPhone Restore process

Have taken the back up of iphone to replace the battery of phone. After replacing battery, need to restore the phone back. The iPhone back is stored at default location. iPhone backup size is 114 GB....
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How to check storage usage of offloaded apps?

In iOS 11, Apple introduced a feature to "offload" apps to reduce storage usage on the device. In the Storage preferences, there is a list of apps, sorted by storage usage. Offloading an app will ...
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'System' occupies 100 GB - why? How can I reduce the amount of data? (macOS 10.13 High Sierra)

Any idea why is system taking so much space? Also the free space + used space on my system is not showing correct data. It shows available space is 154.76 GB and when I add the used space (171 GB) it ...
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How to force iphone to free space when storage is full?

My phone (ios 13.5.1) was running out of storage, so I freed up a few Gbs of space by removing whatsapp album, photos (also clearing the recently deleted album) and a few app. On the next day the ...
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About this mac → Storage not showing anything

The storage information is not shown under About this mac → Storage, but the same is available in Disk Utility. I tried to turn my MacBook off and on again, but to no avail. I have a mid 2012 ...
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Would “System” storage taking up 60 GB on High Sierra slow down my Mac?

I never configured Time Machine backups it so don’t think I have any in-place backups, however System reports it’s using HALF of my storage space and now my macbook's been working as slow as a snail. ...
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iPhone “Documents and Data” on certain apps show random numbers

I would like to ask about this matter since it has been bugging me out. Certain apps on my 16gb 6S show random numbers as the amount of their "Documents and Data". I think this first occurred when I ...
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Mail storage issue

My iPhone 6 is iOS 10.1.1 and the mail app has taken up 2 GB of space and now I can't do anything (take pics, get apps, etc). I have taken steps like deleting my mail account and rebooting the phone, ...
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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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macOS Catalina v.10.15.5 Insufficient storage problem

I have a MacBook Pro 2017, 15". I recently performed a clean install (via USB) of the latest OS X at the time and then I've updated whenever an OS X update was available. Currently I am on v.10....
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Trying to Transfer Large Mac OS to System with Less Storage

Trying to transfer data from a 400GB Macbook pro to a smaller sized drive (250GB). System and Private directories are taking up a huge amount of space. Can I safely transfer most things and exclude ...
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How to resolve “Do you want to allow” <site.x> to use up to 1.4 GB of storage on your Mac?

I am using Safari on a Mac and I imagine that the problem is a combination of the two. The exact website I see it for is https://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com, but I understand this can happen with ...
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MacOS Catalina - Deleting files isn't freeing up needed space

So I've just installed .1 version of Catalina, and saw that I only had about 50 GB left. So, I've deleted some useless big files and moved some to my external HDD. But, the disk space wasn't freeing ...
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System storage keeps on increasing

I am running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 (Supplement 2). I have not faced any extraordinary system storage issues like some other posts on the site which say that their system storage is around 150+ GB. ...
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Dictionaries getting deleted on their own from iPhone

I noticed that some of the dictionaries downloaded under Settings app → General → Dictionary get deleted automatically (they do remain for some days after being downloaded, but they get deleted on ...
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After resetting iPhone, photos are not accesible via cable connection

I have a 16 GB iPhone 6 and as most of you might have experienced, after a certain point in its lifetime, that amount of space gets filled in a couple of weeks or months. Previously what I used to do ...
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Unknown storage space limit error

I'm not sure where this error is coming from. I thought it was maybe for an old backup/sync app I used called Spideroak, but my limit there is 6gb. I have used Box, Dropbox (still do with over 12gb of ...
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Macbook storage is blocked even though files uploaded to iCloud?

I'm facing a unique problem - or I'm simply misreading Apple's messages. When I go to Apple > About this Mac > Storage, I can see that 26GB of my Macbook storage is being used for iCloud. Screenshot ...
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Offload Unused Apps - Apps incorrectly labeled as Never Used

I’m running iOS 11.3. Recently I activated Offload Unused Apps in order to free up space. That is supposed to work by examining the date each app is last used, and offloading the ones you don’t use ...
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Emulating a thunderbolt drive backed up by a disk image on a booted mac

Is there an way to make a disk image on a booted mac show up as a storage device on the Thunderbolt bus ? I know it is possible to put the mac in Target Disk Mode and then the whole internal drive ...
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Store infrequently used files on external HDD

Is there a utility that enables storing infrequently accessed files from a Mac on an external hard drive to free up disk space similar to the feature that moves such files to iCloud? I would like ...
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iTunes Match - i thought it gave you back all your Music storage?

So I sign up for iTunes Match and expected to see all my music storage- on my phone-go down to zero Gb, so i could use the storage space for other things. Naive i guess. So am I correct that every ...
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How can I get iCloud Photo Library to use less storage space on my iPad?

My iPad only has 16 GB of space, and I have iCloud Photo Library switch on but set to "Optimise iPad Storage". However, my iPad is now showing "0 bytes" available, and my Photo Library is taking up 2....
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Hidden files taking up hard disc space?

I’ve used DaisyDisk to analyse my file usage on my MacBook Pro (mid–2012), but the numbers aren’t adding up. Of 500GB, it shows ~425GB used, but the breakdown only adds up to 280GB. The diagram itself ...
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Can't sync nor delete photos to manage storage

In My usage -> Storage -> Photos it says that 7.4 GB are used and that I have over 2000 pictures. But I only have 150 photos on my phone. iTunes will not sync because I have no room. What can I do?
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iCloud photo increasing “OTHER” storage section

I have a strange complaint that I've been trying , and failing, to find an answer for. I'm signed up to iCloud photo and have set it up to automatically minimise photos to save storage on my phone. I'...
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Reclaiming Disk Space on my Mac

I've got a MacBook air with a 128 gigabyte SSD, and it reminded me again this morning that I'm almost out of storage space. What caches are safe to delete, and what other places are good to reclaim ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I share my 2TB iCloud storage with my family, using an *individual* Apple One plan?

Prior to Apple One, I was able to share my 2TB of iCloud share with my family; however it seems if I were to switch to Apple One, then I need to opt for Apple One's family option, rather than the ...
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MacBook Pro SSD filling up with empty space

I've had an issue on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) running Catalina (10.15.5). For months now, I've been struggling with the issue of having my SSD filling without apparent reason, to the point where ...
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Mac say storage is full but it't not. iCloud drive takes 60 GB but I can't find any files

I hope this is the correct forum for this question and if not, I apologize. Is it reasonable to have so little free space despite restoring mac? I have only Xcode and Mozilla installed, no movies, no ...
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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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Using iCloud to migrate to a new Mac, and discrepancies in storage totals

I currently have three Macs: 2019 5K iMac Early 2013 Retina MacBook Pro Early 2015 12" MacBook (The tiny one) In preparation for selling the old laptops to get a new MacBook Pro, I've been updating ...
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iPhone storage totals fail to account for missing 7.5GB - what's using this space?

I have a 128GB iPhone. When I go to Settings > Storage > Storage (section) > Manage Storage, it tells me 106.69GB is used and 15.05GB is free. That totals 121.74GB. (Yes, I understand the total will ...
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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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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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External storage not detected on macbook air 2015

So I have a MacBook Air late 2015 that I recently got from a friend, but neither of the usb ports work for usb storage nor does the sd card slot work. However whatever I connect does show up in the ...
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iCloud storage full but isn't

So i have 50GB iCloud storage plan and it claims to be full. The main thing I use it for is Documents and Data. This accounts for 38GB. But when I checked it only stores like 2GB and my files are some ...
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Can't find application seen in storage management

Question above. I have deleted "Rocket League" from my applications folder and deleted the entire trash. I downloaded the app via Steam. I checked all the folders people said the app was downloaded ...
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Deleted files from MacBook but space is not being cleared

Today I moved a folder (a folder I created myself that contained video files) from my HD that was almost 100GB in size to an external HD (I don't use Time Machine/never have) and once I ejected the ...
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Missing partition space after running diskutil commands

I was trying to merge 2 partitions into 1 on my MacBook Pro 2012 running macOS Sierra 10.12.6. At first, with the command diskutil list I got this /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: ...
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How to cap the amount of local storage for Photos App

Mojave and others have a feature where Photos is optimised for local storage, once triggered it will purge a certain amount of space by leaving low fidelity version of certain photos locally and the ...
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How do you force a “Waiting to Upload” Wav format file, in iCloud Files app

I’ve read some of the other posts on this issue about forcing "Waiting to Upload" files, but none of the solutions seem to work for me because I am using an iPhone 7 (transferring from iPad) and most ...