Deleting Apple apps.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lpshean, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. lpshean macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, i ran WhatSize to see what are the apps that are hogging my computer, and i found that certain data i didnt need are taking up space! I have a few questions.

    1) What is this "private" folder with a subfolder called "vm" taking over 1.42Gb? I suspect its virtual memory? And that i shouldnt mess with it?

    2) Under Library-> Application support, i realise i have 1.35Gb of Garageband loops which i never use! Is it ok for me to directly delete this folder? And if i do need it back (for whatever reason), will i be able to retrieve it by reinstalling Garageband from the Apple installation CD? Also, will garageband continue to work?

    3) I've got 1.5Gb of Printer stuff also under application support, and most printers i never use! So can i delete that as well safely?

    4) Also Library-> Appplication support -> Audio -> Apple Loops -> Apple loops for Garageband...... over 2Gb of loops! again?? This is weird, i have 2 folders of garaband loops. Can i delete this safely?

    5) If i delete World Book 2005, can i retrieve it back should i need it again, from the Apple CD given to me when i bought my iBook? Its taking over 1.35Gb and i rarely use it.

    6) Lastly, what are Quicktime caches? Its over 100Mb in, Users->Myname -> Library -> Caches -> Quicktime.


    THANKS for answering these questions!!! Ive only got like 720Mb of hd space left out of a possible 40Gb, and last ive read, i *should* :p have over 4Gb of free space to enable osx to be as responsive as possible!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    1. Don't touch it! Don't even look at it. If you mess with this your computer will crash.

    2,3,4,5. Yes you can get these back from the system restore CDs using something like Pacifist.

    6. They are used by QuickTime to smooth playback. Don't mess with them.
     
  3. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    1. No idea

    2. Yes, thats fine. Delete it.

    3. Yes

    4. Yes, delete them if you like

    5. Not too sure, it was on my iMac G5 restore CD, should be on yours too.

    6. No idea

    My advice is too run the application called ONYX, and delete unused apps with AppZapper.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Spot on. Don't mess with it although restarting should bring that figure down a touch. :)



    You can just drag the loops to the trash and it's pretty easy to get them back through reinstalling Garageband either the OSX disks that came with your Mac or iLife disks. Garageband should still work properly, apart from having less loops. If you're not sure whether Garageband will work like you want it to, drag the Loops folder to the Trash without emptying it. See how Garageband acts for the next week or so without access to the Loops folder and if you're happy with it, then trash the folder.



    Yep, that's fine.



    AFAIK, it's the same deal as the other Loops folder.



    Yep, once again you can get it back from the OSX disks.



    I'm pretty sure that's the folder that QuickTime downloads to when it streams. I'd leave it alone but if you have a brilliant internet connection and really need that extra space, you can reduce the cache in the QuickTime settings in System Preferences, under Streaming.

    Aim for 8GB free if possible, although 4GB is better than nothing. :)

    Gee, I'm getting slow in my old age. I blame the hot and humid weather. :p
     
  5. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure about the printers tho?

    Coz if i trash the whole folder, and in the future if i get a new printer, wouldnt there be a problem then? Since i do not have that folder containing all the bits and bobs of printer plugins and stuff?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    New printers will come with their own drivers plus you'll be able to get them back from the OSX disks if need be. :)
     
  7. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Right.... peace of mind.

    Free space, here i come! Thanks!

    Hope osx runs midly faster now! Trying to see whether having more hd space will speed up osx a bit compared to buying and installing an extra 512Mb of ram. We'll see. :D
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If you have less than 4GB free at the moment, clearing some room on the hard drive will speed OSX up far more than any amount of RAM could. :)
     
  9. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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  10. Glenn Wolsey macrumors 65816

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    A few extra tips:

    Onyx - run everything!
    AppZapper = Delete unused applications
    Disk Utility - Repair Permissions
    iPhoto & iTunes - Clean them up
    iPhoto - Empty trash, it uses a separate trash can from the default.
    Mail - Clean it out
     
  11. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well... in that case, i do not need to fork out money for RAM to speed up my iBook? Sweet! :)
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    See how things go, but I reckon the speed increase from freeing up space will be significant enough for you to rethink any upcoming RAM purchases. :p
     
  13. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its seriousllllllyy a ton smoother now. I can see it especially when i load expose. Now i have 4.3Gb of free space! From only 750Mb!! Can you believe that?? I think its realllly advisable for people who don't use Garageband all that much to delete those audio loops.
     
  14. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, one more question.

    Under Applications -> Installers -> XCode Tools. What is that? Its over 550Mb and i don't use em at all. Will i be able to get rid of that? Or is it an integral part of osx?
     
  15. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    You don't need Xcode Tools unless you plan on developing or compiling apps from scratch.
     
  16. lpshean thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool. Deleted it. Thanks everyone! 'Preciate it!
     
  17. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    And even then you'd be better downloading the current ones. Those are almost certainly out of date.
     
  18. croshtique macrumors 6502

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    You could also use a utility like Monolingual to remove unwanted language localisations. When I used it on my iBook I shedded over 1GB of unnecessary files!
     

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