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  1. CommonMan macrumors regular

    CommonMan

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    I'm having space problems on my internal HD. I have OSX v10.39 on it and I'm wondering how much space this OS uses. I'm also wondering what can I transfer to the external HD. Is it possible to transfer applications or programs that are bundled with the OS to the external HD? There is probably a lot of stuff I don't need or use but may want to keep on hand for later.
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    There are a number of things that you can do to conserve or reclaim space.

    One thing is that the OS install may have included a number of non-American English localization files that you will never need. There is a shareware utility, DeLocalize, that will remove those. Quite nice.

    Also, you can indeed move applications bundled with the system to an external hard drive with no problem. In fact, you can re-home your entire User Home directory so that it resides on the external drive if so desired.

    You may also want to do a search for files larger than a certain limit, say 10 MB or something, and see if you have some big files sitting around that you don't need - perhaps temp files gone bad or something. Occasionally this will happen and you'll lose a boatload of space quickly.

    I'll white out the obligatory "delete your pr0n" comment.
     
  3. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    If you have Garageband installed and don't use it, delete out the sample loops etc from (i think) /Library/Application Support/Apple/Garageband - they take up a couple of Gigs from memory
     
  4. CommonMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    EMG, ya, I removed the language options using the recommended program. It worked like a charm! Thank you. Now I will try the other suggestions.
     
  5. CommonMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    OS space

    Does anyone know how many bytes OS 10.3 panther takes up?
     
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Depends on what kind of install you do.

    I did a stripped down one that took about 1.2GB.
     
  7. CommonMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Bartlyby
    I did not install the OS. I'm used to a PC where you just go to Windows Exploreer and right click on the file to get the info. The only problem is I can't find the file that contains the OS.
     
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

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    The problem is there isn't just one folder for the system.
    You have System and Library.
    Plus the User folders and the Applications ones too.
     
  9. Kelmon macrumors 6502a

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    Another good space saver is to delete any printer drivers that were installed with the Mac that you'll never use. You can find these drivers in the /Library/Printers folder where each family has its own folder - trash the families that you don't use the printers of.

    Finally, if you want to find out where all your disk space has gone I can recommend downloading a copy of the free utility OmniDiskSweeper. This application will scan a disk of your choice to show you, in ascending order, the biggest directories on your disk, including their sub-folders. Using the interface you can drill-down into your disk structure to find out where the biggest files/folders are.
     
  10. Eric Sadoyama macrumors newbie

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    I managed to recover 20GB or so by deleting an old user account. Not sure exactly what was in it, but it was definitely no longer needed, and getting rid of it it sure freed up a lot of space! :p
     

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