Apple – MobileSync



This is the third of many planned posts where I attempt to recount my experience working on removing personal data and generally availing storage on a friend’s computer.

A single laptop is hard enough, but in this case he has two.

What is the score?

Let us quickly see how much storage we have overall along with what is currently available.

Computer_20170610_1024AM [BrushedUp_v2]

We appear to have 280 GB, but only 2GB is available.

Used Storage where are thou?

WinOS Tools

Disk CleanUp

Reached for “Disk Cleanup” to determine whether there are remnant files in the usual folders where those files are often located.


Not worth our time as the best that we can reclaim is 512 MB.


Space Sniffer

Downloaded Uderzo Umberto’s SpaceSniffer from here.

No need to install, just run it.

MobileSync_Property (CroppedUp)

Discovered 71 GB in MobileSync.

Apple – MobileSync

What is Apple – MobileSync?

Here is the documentation when one googles on MobileSync

It’s the folder where iTunes saves the backUps of your iDevice.
And it takes so much space because each time you sync a device, previous backUps are not deleted.
Deleting the folder will, then, mean losing those backUps.

Where are Mobile Sync files stored?

MobileSync files are stored in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync.

Remove It

Note that I did not use the techie term, delete it, as that might mean a soft delete.  I do not what 70 GB going into the recycle bin.

Below we can see that there are 22 dated items or folders

Initiate Removal



Deleting_140ThousandItemsRemaining (CroppedUp)

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