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Storage space taken up by Other

I’ve run into this issue before but forgot how to fix it. Flash drive a 251GB. Storage says that “Other” is taking up 206.23 GB of space. Wanted to do a Time Machine backup before starting any work. The drive was an exFAT, so I used Disk Utility to reformat but could only do it GUID Mac OS Extended, not APFS.

Anyway when i go to do the Time Machine backup I get a failure stating, “Time machine couldn’t create a local snapshot to backup from”.

On the storage issue, I tried a Safe Mode restart and ran Disk utilities from the Recovery boot with no results. I’m stuck. @danj

UPDATE 5/26/21 Well this was a tough one. I finally located the offense. It was in the hidden files in the user account - Library- Mobil Documents - Photo Library had a cloud with a single slash through it and was 128.29 GB To large to move to iCloud.

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To be able to access these old photos, I will set up a large external drive with a system on it and import this Library to it. That way mu customer will be able to boot from the external and open this library. I also found 26 GB of old Outlook user data in those hidden files. Thought I’d let you know in case you run into the same issue sometime. @danj

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Boy @mayer you have me scratching my head ;-{

Its been awhile since I’ve hit this issue. I cheated! I took the drive out put it in an OWC Envoy case and used my Linux system to wipe the drive. Clearly that’s not an option here.

Did you try altering the partition size?

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