new macbook, what isn't needed?

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  1. mhuk01 macrumors 6502

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    i have a new macbook, and have put all of my work on it. What is the best way of deleting things that are installed with osx by default (such as languages) that i don't need?
    i don't want to mess up my first mac!
    cheers
     
  2. Hytower77 macrumors regular

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    I think with the languages, you might be stuck. (Don't know for sure, if someone knows, i'm interested too.) I know when you do a clean install, you can have it leave languages out.

    As far as the other stuff, are you just talking apps or what?
     
  3. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah i suppose, just anything that isnt truly needed as well as apps that i dont want
     
  4. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    Tinkertool can remove your non English languages.

    check the box "Don't touch Adobe applications" before you remove the unwanted language files.

    For the unwanted applications just drag them to the trash.
     
  5. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    i'd recommend deleting the printer drivers you don't need. i think they are in the library folder. there was a forum about this a few months ago... try searching for "delete unwanted print drivers" or something. try deleting some of the programs you don't use either - a friend of mine deleted garageband and imovie and idvd since he doesn't use any of those things. sorry i can't be of more help - my mac is at home and i'm stuck using a windows pc at work.
     
  6. Hytower77 macrumors regular

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    Frisco beat me to it.

    The apps is easy. Like he said, drag them to the trash, then empty and poof.

    Good call on the printer drivers btw pianoman. I didn't think of those.
     
  7. j26 macrumors 65832

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    Delocaliser and monolingual are good for removing languages.

    I must give the priner drivers a go myself someday ,but it is nice to be able to walk up to any printer (especially a work one) and print off your 40 page paper.

    You should also remove the trial of iWork and Office if you aren't using them, or just get rid of the one you don't want. Garageband and iDVD if you're not using them are space hogs, so they can go.

    Keep your pron on a DVD-RW or USB flash drive. It'll save loads of space.:p
     
  8. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    I heard Delocaliser and monolingual were giving people problems (failure to launch) with their Adobe programs, including Acrobat Reader. I believe this only occurs on Intel Macs.
     
  9. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    Just remove your Garageband Loops, that will give you THE Most space back.

    HD>Library>Application Support>Garageband>apple Loops.
     
  10. CNU182 macrumors regular

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    i had this problem when i accidently removed all the old architectures..haha

    lol omftgz! n00bs!
     
  11. dragon2611 macrumors regular

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    DO NOT under any circumstances use the feature of monolingual to remove the powerPC stuff from universal binaries. It screws up rosettta in the proccess :eek:
     
  12. motulist macrumors 68040

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    Out of curiosity, this is a brand new Mac which presumably has a pretty large hard disk that's bigger than the one you're transferring data from (unless it's a laptop). Are you running out of space already? Because if you aren't even close to running out of space yet I'd advise waiting to prune the disk if you don't need to yet.
     
  13. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    First thing i do when i get a new Mac or new Hard Drive is wipe it and Reinstall everything from Scratch... Saves a tremendous amount of space.

    Mac's come pre-installed with around 10-15 Gigabytes of stuff, and with a BARE installation of OSX without all the Printer drivers, Languages and software i dont need (garageband,iDVD,iWEB,etc) i can get that down to 2 GB. I just reinstall what software i need as i need it.
    :D
     
  14. nutcracker macrumors newbie

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    this was also the first thing that i did, saved a ton of hard drive space. i ususally only used one printer and in all my years of computing, never had use for any of the language software.
     
  15. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the hint on the disk space. Gosh I love it in here. I get so many tips. Thanks all!
     

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