Reinstall osx on new mbp

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  1. cfairbank macrumors 6502

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    I have read numerous people reinstallling osx on a new mac. Does this gain much space and is it worth the time.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It depends on how much you elect not to install. You can save close to 10 GB if you really strip things down.

    Things that take up a lot of space are GarageBand loops, iDVD themes, printer drivers, and foreign language support. These all can be removed pretty well without reinstalling the whole system, but some people find it simpler and tidier to just go with the complete reinstall.

    That said, if you haven't used those programs, you might not want to jump right in and get rid of them. Play around with them a little bit...you never know what you might end up liking.
     
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    well, it depends on what you do, say you wont ever use garage band, than you can get rid of it, or if you dont use imovie. Basically people reintsll via custom install and get rid of what rthey dont use. It depends on your preference. sorr iy i was confusing.
     
  4. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Not really. the biggest deal is that you can choose what options to install. As an example printer drivers. If you know you are going to only use HP printers, as an example, you can free up almost a GB in space by not installing everything else. That being said there are tools out there to remote that for you. IMHO you don't gain too much from reinstall. OS X isn't like Dell's craptacular desktop image that has 15 bagillion demo\trial packages install that brings your system to a crawl.
     
  5. junkster macrumors regular

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    You've got three choices:

    1. Don't do anything. You'll be fine unless you really need 2 to 10 GB of hard drive space.
    2. Go through and manually remove applications, printer drivers, non-English help files, etc.
    3. Do a fresh install that includes only what you want.

    I think #3 is the most direct solution and you better learn about what's on your computer in the process. But #1 is completely fine for most people. There's no reason to be parsimonious and leave out apps just to save space unless you just don't care at all about one (for me it's iChat).
     
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Can you elect to skip multilingual files when you do a reinstall?

    I've reinstalled OSX a couple times but I don't recall seeing such an option.
     
  7. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, you just unclick the box for the languages.

    Do it. It hardly takes any time plus if you read through what you are installing you will know exactly what is on your computer.
     

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