Hard drive capacity on Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by irain, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. irain macrumors regular

    irain

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    Okay, so I just got a new MacBook today. (the 80 GB model)... When I first turned it on, I went into the Finder and it said that my hard drive capaciy was only 53 GB... what's up with that?
     
  2. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    You sure that's not just space free? With iLife, you lose a lot of space because of the templates and sound loops, printer drivers, etc.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Do Get Info on the Hard Disk and look at the capacity item. The number you see should be about 74 gigabytes (because of the 1024/1000 issue). If it were a 60 gig drive, it should be in the 54 range... You can also see the drive capacity from system profiler (apple menu -> about this mac -> more info -> look under serial-ATA).
     
  4. diametric macrumors regular

    diametric

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    A thread like this should be stickied. I've seen at least three of these this week.

    Actual formatted capacity is less then 80 GBs as mkrishnan pointed out. And OS X itself takes up about four gigs. Add to that iLife, another 2-3 gigs + iWork trial, another 2 or so gigs + drivers and languages, which is another 3 or so gigs. Oh and iDVD themes and Garageband loops also takes up a few gigs.

    Yes, so you do lose quite a bit of HD space.

    Download WhatSize and remove those things that are uneccesary and take up a large amount of space. http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/
     
  5. Ale-500 macrumors newbie

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    You can also reinstall OSX with the options you like (Bottom left is the button to Customize when you install, after you agree to the license). Get rid of all the extra languages and printer drivers/demo soft, and you get back some good GBytes. I did that 10 or so minutes after I got it up and running the 1st day.
    Basic OSX and some interesting program from darwin ports, gives almost 70 Gigs free.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Give the original poster a chance. They did specifically say capacity. And given the number they posted, it's technically possible they received a Mac with the wrong hard drive (i.e. a 60GB one instead of an 80GB one).
     
  7. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    With Garageband and all that and 60 GB hard drive would be formatted at about 55, 56 GB, his laptop should have 40 GB remaining, assuming he didn't do a clean reinstall. Garageband does take up a huge amount of space.
     

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