Accidentally deleted the utilities folder

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  1. darhorn macrumors newbie

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    is there an easy way to get the apps back?

    new to OS X and just got a macbook, I didnt realize that i had deleted it, but after the trash got emptied i saw that it was gone.

    rather not have to install the os again :)


    thanks
    Darrin

    ps as a followup to this... are there extras i can get rid of safely? just amazed at the default size of the os..
     
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    If you only want one (or two) languages, you can use an application called Monolingual to remove localization-info for unused languages. That will free up a lot of hard drive space.

    I think you can use an application called Pacifist to install apps from your install DVD without installing the entire OS again.
     
  3. netdog macrumors 603

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    Time to get your System Disks out unless you have Data Rescue. If the disk is almost full, it's unlikely that there is much left anyway.
     
  4. big macrumors 65816

    big

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    just do an install, while preserving users...

    secondly,
    Most print drivers, I use only the ones I need, these are several gigs worth of space.
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    Also dropping the iGarage Band loops can save you a whole lot of space.
     
  6. big macrumors 65816

    big

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    use external iTunes library, check your iPhoto catalog, mine is 7 gb
     
  7. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I'd keep the printer drivers unless you really need the space, especially if it's a laptop. You'll never know when you're going to need them.
     
  8. big macrumors 65816

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    you'd think, though I travel a lot with my laptop, and have found downloading the print driver as needed is the best way to go, plus it makes a big difference having the most up to date drivers, versus one that is a generic catch all.
     
  9. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    I guess it's a matter of personal preference then. I find it very convenient to be able to plug in a printer wherever I am and print within 5 seconds.
     
  10. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Go get the combo update version for 10.4.6.

    Reinstall that, it contains most the apps in utils.

    Or, open the package, decompress the archive and extract them from there.
     
  11. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    I'm surprised the OS allows you to delete the Utilities folder...it's pretty important no?

    If I were to drag the "libraries" folder to the trash, it would say " oh no you didn't...."
     
  12. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Yes, but it's not essential, so you should be allowed to do it if you want.
     
  13. big macrumors 65816

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  14. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    user libraries will delete, system libraries will ask for a password. You can still delete them.
     
  15. -M7- macrumors member

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    Just as an example what can happen if you do things the OS should not let you do:

    My gf renamed my home folder in the finder bar to her name "just for fun".
    At the next reboot all my settings and apps didnt work anymore. Plus I coulnd rename my old folder, because a new one was created automatically for my user, which I could not overwrite...

    So much for the myth that OSX is idiot proof :eek:
     
  16. nsknike macrumors regular

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    I know that when you install your os you can choose not to install the printer drivers, but who do you go about deleting the drivers after having installed the os? Thanks.
     
  17. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    My friend renamed Home to something else. Oopsie.
     
  18. superbovine macrumors 68030

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  19. big macrumors 65816

    big

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    /library/printers/
    (NOTE: this is different from your user library)

    Also, check out the application "WhatSize" on Version Tacker, a GREAT tool to help you shave down and know EXACTLY what space stuff is using on your Harddrive.
     

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