60 gig macbook- 38 gigs free?

Nuks

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Hey

I just got my macbook, and after setting it up and everything, there is only 38.3 gigs free. Anyone know if this is normal, how much OS X usually takes up, and what to do to fix it (if there is indeed a problem..)?

Thanks.
 

j26

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Some of the apps are seriously heavyweight, such as GarageBand and iDVD.
There are trials of iWork and Office in there.
There are a couple of gigs of drivers for printers etc thrown in for good measure
There are dozens of languages you will never use.

Remove the ones you don't use and you will have a lot more space.
I'm getting my MB tomorrow and will be searching about here to decide on the best way to do these things. I'll post back with links to the threads I find (you could do the same).

I want a nice clean install.

Edit:
This thread says it all. A reinstall will be the best way to slim it down on a fresh machine.
 

savar

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Nuks said:
Hey

I just got my macbook, and after setting it up and everything, there is only 38.3 gigs free. Anyone know if this is normal, how much OS X usually takes up, and what to do to fix it (if there is indeed a problem..)?

Thanks.
Ditto what everybody else said, but also don't forget that HD sizes are advertised in different units than the software sees them in. For the purposes of advertising, 1 gigabyte=1,000,000,000 bytes, but software typically defines 1 gigabyte= 1,073,741,824 bytes (= 1024^3).
 

Nuks

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^ yeah I know. There was originally 55 gigs free, now there's only 38.
 

WildCowboy

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This cleaned up my hard drive of all the languages I cannot read... :)

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/monolingual.html
I'm going to insert my standard warning for Monolingual users. If you have an Intel Mac, be sure NOT to let Monolingual strip the System frameworks from your machine...all non-universal programs running under Rosetta will cease to work and you will have to do an Archive and Install to reinstall your OS and get them running again. This issue is mentioned in Monolingual's FAQ, but in my opinion don't do nearly enough to warn users about this and set this option to "off" by default.
 

Fearless Leader

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1 or 2 gigs O_O and idvd and garageband thats about 4 or 5. All i had when i reinstalled was the core operating system, x11, xcode, iphoto. Got it down to a 3 or 4 gig install.
 

xfiftyfour

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don't work on a new system until after you've reinstalled OSX yourself - minus the languages you don't speak, the apps you don't use, the printers you don't have..etc etc. this frees up a TON of space.

a stock install takes up SO much more space than it should.
 

evanrousso

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WildCowboy said:
I'm going to insert my standard warning for Monolingual users. If you have an Intel Mac, be sure NOT to let Monolingual strip the System frameworks from your machine...all non-universal programs running under Rosetta will cease to work and you will have to do an Archive and Install to reinstall your OS and get them running again. This issue is mentioned in Monolingual's FAQ, but in my opinion don't do nearly enough to warn users about this and set this option to "off" by default.

I need to get rid of these languages too, i dont want to use monolingual and risk messing up my system. Is there any other way that osx lets you delete these langauges
 

Nuks

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i did the fresh install, but it said tht the printer drivers took up 0 kbytes. i didn't install them anywa, but I've still the same amount of space as before


and as for the poster talking about stripping the frameworks for rosetta, how do you turn that option off?
 

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evanrousso said:
I need to get rid of these languages too, i dont want to use monolingual and risk messing up my system. Is there any other way that osx lets you delete these langauges
Monolingual is the best tool I've found for doing this. Just make sure you uncheck all of the options in the Architectures pane to be on the safe side:

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mrichmon

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Nuks said:
i did the fresh install, but it said tht the printer drivers took up 0 kbytes. i didn't install them anywa, but I've still the same amount of space as before
Then you probably failed to click the "Customize" button just before the installer started performing the install. The button is to the bottom left of the installer window at one of the steps just before the installer starts performing the installation. This "Customize" button brings up a list of items to install including a range of printer drivers (numerous 100s of MB), languages and other options. Trimming down the elements on this list can slice a few GB off your installation size.

The details are on page 8 of http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/Tiger_Install_Setup_Guide.pdf
 

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ScoobyDoofus said:
Total mac noob here, suppose I only keep the printer drivers I need now, how easy is it to add a printer driver if I buy a new one in a few months?
Generally you can just download the most up-to-date drivers directly from the printer manufacturer's web site.
 

mrichmon

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WildCowboy said:
Generally you can just download the most up-to-date drivers directly from the printer manufacturer's web site.
Or you pop in the OS X install disc and install the extra driver that you need.
 

Nuks

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Is there a way to check if I've deleted all the printer drivers without having to re-install the osx?
 

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I tend to keep the printer drivers and stuff like that on. I do print at uni, and have been able to print easily from all sorts of printers because my computer already has the drivers for that printer and every other device. :)