MBA system re-install to save space

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ssb333, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008

    I tried using the guide (the sticky at the top) to re-install OSX on my MBA 64Gb to save space, but I don't have the option to take off a lot of the stuff I don't need.

    For example, I don't see an option to not install Garageband, or the Printer Divers. Anyone else have this problem with the new MBAs? I get the option to not install Additional languages, but that only saves me 1.22GB.

    Can someone tell me how I can uncheck some of the of the other stuff that the guide shows here:
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I did the same thing and I couldn't find those options either. I spent like 45 minutes saving about 500MB...
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008
    aww man. I did this twice thinking I missed something :(
    No one else have any ideas?
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008
    I read CleanMyMac cleans away a little too much sometimes. So, don't want to take the chance.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2010
    Cos the new install stick has different options

    if you compare it with a SL retail disc theres less you can uncheck BUT the size of the mandatory files you have to install remains the same, mainly because theres no longer a gig plus of printer related stuff by the looks of it

    likewise you dont need to unselect iLife components because none are installed during the OS installation

    I went with clean custom install no additional languages no additional fonts no X11 and no roseta.

    Afterwards once booted into OSX I added iMovie and iWeb from the iLife suite, via the seperate installer on the stick, then deleted the 4 gig hibernation file

    As shipped I had around 47 gig free of 60.067 gig, after above I had 55 Gig free
  7. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I always format/reinstall the OS as soon as I get a new computer. For one thing, I want to have say in what components to install. I mean, I don't own any epson or HP printers so why install the drivers.

    It makes even more sense for the MBA since space is limited.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2010
    I did the same as snorkelman. I did a clean install, and when it was finished I noticed none of the iLife programs were installed. I thought I had done something wrong, and when I put the USB stick back into the Air I saw iLife listed separately, and was able to pick and choose what I wanted installed.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    New York, NY
    55GB? Nice. Been trying to get a solid answer for a while on how much space you get without those extra languages and unnecessary iLife apps. Cant wait to get my 11" Friday and do this.

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