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    Mac The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    I’ve been given a MacBook Pro to look at and asked to help reclaim storage back from this "other" business..

    It's my understanding that this is mostly made up of BS operating system files, old updates and cloned files images etc. Seems its actually just a category that MacOSX and iOS use to catgorise file types it doesn't have associated with something it knows about.

    First question, am I right in that and second, is the best approach to leave the "other"s the fuck alone?

    Its a decent enough macbook pro, but its crippled by only a 120gb SSD drive. Of which 80gb is "Other", meaning only about 20gb is left on it given its been purged a lot of shit on it already just to install the latest MacOSX whatever that is. Now I'm not 100% tech'd up when it comes to macs. I own one, but all my skills are for WinX really. I'm thinking a file scanning utility to see if there any huge files I can get quick wins from. Disk Inventory X is the one I know of and used before.

    Likelihood is I have to pull the 120gb SSD and slap in a bigger one. This looks a bit of a minefield to find a compatible one. Anyone done this upgrade, its supposed to be easy, but like fuck I am risking fucking it up. Some "OWC" gear seems good, with the tools and an enclosure to copy data back to the new drive. But its proper expensive. Surely theres options here...

    Yes I will back it up first...


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    is it a ssd or m2 drive if the later they are a cnut to match

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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    I tend to use Disk Inventory X and then CleanMyMac (available online usual places) but I’d say you need to upgrade that drive. Can you send me the serial number? I’ve used OWC drives, still pricey but nothing compared to the Apple SSDs! I don’t think they use all lanes though, or at least they didn’t.


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    Looking to get this ssd: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Was a combo used by someone on iFixIt so reckon it will be okay. The OWC drives are pricey and mixed reviews on usability/crashes etc.


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    I used that adapter, a 1TB Crucial P1 SSD and upgraded the RAM of an iMac last week with no issues. The adapter already had the pins insulated so it didn’t short on the iMac SSD casing.

    I’ve used OWC in the past without crashes but prefer to use a Crucial/Samsung SSD and they are cheaper and have a better track record IMO.


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    The adapter already had the pins insulated so it didn’t short on the iMac SSD casing.
    Can you elaborate on this? Sounds like a scary fuck up i could make lol


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    The socket on the apple connector has a metal shielding plate which makes contact with the soldered pins on the adapter. You can use kapton tape to insulate it but the adapter I ordered was already covered by black tape. I don’t think it breaks anything if it shorts, just failed boot.


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    Disk Inventory X doesn’t seem to work on OS X 10.15 Catalina?

    Is it me...?!


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    Default Re: The mythical "Other" category of files on apple device

    I’ve warned my Mac users to avoid Catalina, on any clean installs I’ve done recently I stuck to Mojave as there are a ton of issues reported. This might explain it?
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    Apple have been terrible for updates recently, Microsoft haven’t been great either!


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