OS X space?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wonga1127, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

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    How much space does OS X take up on the hard drive? I want to know before deciding on what hard drive size I want.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    A basic installation on my old iBook took about 5 GB. But once you start putting on the iLife apps and such, it quickly balloons. I'd say 15-20 GB isn't unusual...printer drivers and GarageBand with its associated loops can take up 5+ GB alone.

    Edit: Subtracting my music and some large specialized software programs I use for work, my Mac has about 20 GB used. That includes the iLife apps, Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Developer tools.
     
  3. rye9 macrumors 65816

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    About printer drivers, is it safe to say.. delete the whole Lexmark folder with all 220 MB of files in there? And then what happens if I buy a Lexmark printer, do I just download the driver online.. or would I have needed the stuff I previously had? Are the printer folders just containing stuff I could download when i need them?

    Also, what else can be deleted besides printer drivers and languages?
     
  4. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Any apps you don't use? Delete em. Other than that, you should be fine. How big of a hard drive do u plan on getting?

    If you delete the printer drivers, yes I believe you can download the drivers off of the website.
     
  5. frenetic macrumors regular

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    You can also always reinstall the printer drivers from your install disk without having to reinstall the whole OS.
     
  6. Whistleway macrumors 6502

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    Also keep in mind that the 1 GB that all hardware stores sell is 1000MB but the really it should be 1024 MB. So a 60GB drive really is ~55GB drive when you see it on the OS.
     
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    And all the JamPacks alone take up around 20 GB....I still can't get over that.
     

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