A Quick Reinstall Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MichaelThomas, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. MichaelThomas macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2007
    So I got my new MBP yesterday. 120GB. I reinstalled OS X by choosing erase and install. I removed the other languages, some software, printer drivers etc. And I was like with 100GB... surely it can't use 20GB?

    Did I do something wrong?

    Thanks in advance to anyon who replies, Is appreciated :)
  2. longwood macrumors regular

    May 10, 2005
    When a hard drive is formatted the actual space available is usually far less than what is says on the box. This is true for any format used to format the drive. So with a 120GB hard drive you are actually probably only getting about 110 usable GB. Hope that helps.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    1) 120Gb is in manufacturer measuring. It's probably nearer 112-114Gb in OS/real measuring.

    2) The themes for iWeb, iMove and iDVD take up masses of space. Probably around 4-6Gb!
  4. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    So you had a brand new MBP, got it home, and reinstalled the OS...:rolleyes:
    Which part of "out of the box" didn't you get? :p

    Anyway- 18 to 20 GBs sounds about right- 2 things are at play hand here- the fact that 120GB is not 120,000 MB (each GB is 1024), so when a manifacturer tells you 120, they mean more like 111.
    Anothing thing is the OS, with all the drivers, with iLife, and all the software you'll want- about 10 sounds about right.

    Welcome. This is a whole new world. ;)
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    It's now Newer than New!

    I've never understood the rationale behind stripping functionality out of the Mac for the sake of a few gigabytes of (very cheap) mass storage, especially printer drivers, especially on a notebook. You never know where you're going to be the next time you need to print something.
  6. MichaelThomas thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Haha Im not new to the Mac World :rolleyes:

    I just wanted to save a few gig's by deleting the extra languages and stuff I dont need. I just didnt realise would take up that much. On my PowerBook I just left it as it was. I had read you can save a few GB's on here a while back so thought I would do so...

    Thanks to those who replied :)

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