help me create some space for panther

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by norwood scott, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. norwood scott macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2003
    First id like to say ive had flawless performance with all my macs-g4 466 , 30 g ipod, & my new ibook 12".
    I just installed panther to the g4466 & it went fine. My problem is im a novice computerer and the 30 gb drive is full to the point of only having 347 MB left!
    I mainly use the computer for the basics.iphoto storage, email & web,& itunes(which i now store on the pod) and a few apps-photoshop & adobe stuff. I need to clean house of all the junk, but dont know where to start. I never ever use os9, or classic mode, and it seems with what little i use i should have more free space. Are there overloaded caches somewhere?
    can you all help with advice on what all i can dump. posibly all other languages, and how to go about finding what it is that is consuming all my space? I just got a 160 gb external drive for music as well, but for now it just contains a backup of my hd before the 10.3 upgrade
    any help & advice is appreciated- or info on where this information may be available online. thanks friends
  2. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    If you don't use classic, you can just delete it I think. Just delete the "System OS 9" and "Application (OS 9)" folders. I have it because my video camcorder is only compatible with OS 9 and most CD bonus extras require OS 9. But other than that, it is a waste of space. You'll probably save a couple of gigs.
  3. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    yea i use osx and still have all the apps os9 and stuffon here should i to delete it i never use it
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    That sounds like an awful lot of space for just the basics. Aside from system stuff, which even if you have everything possible installed isn't going to amount to more than 5GB, the only things that takes up meaningful amounts of space are video, photos, and audio.

    A general space-identifying tip:

    Check the top level of your hard drive. There should be about a half dozen folders in there:

    Applications (Mac OS 9)
    System Folder (Mac OS 9)

    ...and maybe something created by an installer. If there's anything else (that you didn't specifically put there) you might want to re-file it or make sure it's not some giant mystery file your kids downloaded or whatever.

    Assuming that's all in order, go to your home folder, and do a get info on each of the folders in there (you can also push command-option-i to get a floating get info window that will show you the statistics for whichever folder you currently have selected in the Finder window). Let the computer calculate the total size for each folder, and see which ones are the biggies.

    That should give you an idea of where your space is going--if your Photos or Music folders are 20GB, then it's all going into iPhoto or iTunes. If your Movies directory is huge, it's probably an iMovie project. If it's somewhere else, it's some other big file(s) you created.

    A few specific suggestions:

    You mentioned iPhoto, but unless you've got a vast number of photos in your library, that's not going to be any 25GB. I'd recommend trying the empty trash command in iPhoto, just to see if that gets anything.

    If you've ripped a bunch of CDs using iTunes but haven't moved the files to your external drive, that's another possible source of space being used. What to do with that is up to you--move it, throw some out and re-rip the CDs to your external drive later, or just keep it.

    Last is video--do you have any iMove projects on your computer? Those eat up space like crazy, but that's about the only possibiltiy.

    A general space identifying tip:
  5. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002

    but anyway :)

    i agree, there is either some video work going on here, or a LOT of music, or something is wrong. perhaps a file went corrupt or you created a huge disk image or something weird like that. i've got like 80 gigs total and have only filled a fraction of that, and i have *years* worth of crap that i haven't cleaned out.

    i'll add a space saving tip of my own. if you don't look at it within three months, it wasn't good porn to begin with. just trash it.

  6. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Only 600-700MB unless there has been a bunch of apps installed. It's worth checking though.

    Take a look through your Home folder and see what's in there that you can live without. As was already mentioned, movies and music take up lots of space.

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