Stripped down Lion, how many GB saved?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by macneubie, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    Post-installation, how much is it possible to slim down osx taking out ilife, itunes, non essential fonts, printer drivers, non essential language packs, all voice packs?
  2. macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Besides this being a bad idea (NEVER screw with default system fonts, it can cause all kinds of issues and don't touch iTunes as other programs depend on it), you won't save much room. Lion is only a 4GB install.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    /System/Library/Fonts, do not touch.

    /Library/Fonts, have at it. If, for instance, you don't care about reading chinese, Korean, Arabic, and so forth you can save hundreds of megs by removing the right fonts, and you won't break anything.

    Of course, that isn't much disk space, so it really isn't worth it. (I futz with it more to trim the fonts that appear that appear in menus than for space.)

    OSX will put back fonts if you delete something it really, really requires, so it is pretty safe. Have a bootable backup handy just in case.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    thanks, but hundreds of megs on a 64/128/256 SSD is quite substantial compared to 512mb/1tb HDD, what about those voice packs? can rid of them?

    iTunes is another bloatware, despite unchecking the option to copy files into the iTunes library, every time i double clicked on a MP3 and it persistently copies the file into its library. Any workaround to this apart from totally removing iTunes?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008

    Right click on an MP3 and choose Get Info. Change Open With to Quicktime Player, and click the button that says Change All.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    Thanks! You've been most helpful. Really appreciate it. :)

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