A quick tip for new Mac owners

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ruahrc, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    I bought one of the new 13" MBPs. First thing I did was to put in the OS X installation DVD and do an erase/install of the OS. Why? Because I don't need 3.2GB of printer drivers, 1.9GB of language localizations, and (in my case at least) any of the iLife apps. If you want the iLife apps still you can reinstall them from the Apps DVD that comes with your Mac.

    Anyhow, I gained about 9GB of free disk space by reinstalling the OS with a trimmer customization. Since it's a new mac there was nothing to have to back up/save on it anyways.

    Just thought I'd pass it along, in case anyone else wants to do it too. I'm gonna have to do it again when I buy and install a SSD, but it didn't take that long (heck the longest step was when the installer (optionally) verified the install DVD before beginning the data copy).

    Ruahrc
     
  2. Jigga macrumors 6502

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    About to get my first Mac tomorrow.
    Is there any other software already installed on the computer that might not be around if it's formatted?
     
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    You can also use Monolingual to remove unnecessary languages and just manually delete the printer drivers in Macintosh HD > Library > Printers.

    iLife will take a little bit more digging, as it installs some audio files for Garage Band and maybe more.
     
  4. John89 macrumors regular

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    Im sure there are a few things you get pre installed on your mac that aint on the OSX disks. Comic life comes to mind...

    I know its not much, but there may be more. I cant remember

    JOhn
     
  5. Jigga macrumors 6502

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    Will try this. Thanks!
     
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

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    If there is, I doubt it's anything you'll need. I've been using Macs since before Mac OS X and I've never needed something extra that comes preinstalled but not on the supplied OS disc.
     
  7. tsa1 macrumors regular

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    how do i manually delete languages? also is it fine to delete all the printer drivers? i left some on there like hp/epson/lexmark
     
  8. jmann macrumors 604

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    You can use a program like monolingual. :)
     
  9. tsa1 macrumors regular

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    thanks i removed the all but spanish, and the keyboard layouts. What about deleting the architectures?
     
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    Do you mean the frameworks by architecture?

    And as the word architecture implies, it seems to be needed to hold the house of Mac OS together.
     
  11. borcanm macrumors regular

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    dont mess around with the languages and dont use monolingual. Ive heard ppls OSX becoming unusable after.
     
  12. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Not sure if this is what you're talking about but I removed all the PPC architectures without issue.
     

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  13. John89 macrumors regular

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    How much memory did you save doing that?
     
  14. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Not really sure. With a 128GB SSD every MegaByte is valuable.
     
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Did you do that using monolingual?
     
  16. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Yes. Just ran it again for sheets and giggles. Saved 337MB of disk space. It would appear software updates load new versions of what's been erased.
     
  17. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You can also use XSlimmer to remove unwanted code from your apps and save space.
    However, from what I understand, this will break the MS Office autoupdates, among other things.
    Use at your own risk.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Got it, thanks.
    Something worth using on my Air with only 120 GB HDD space.
     
  19. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    You can save close to 4GB with it and with an Air, you'll need it.;)
     
  20. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    If you or they, uncheck the boxes when doing a custom install from the OSX dvd you should be fine. I have only checked English for the languages, removed all print drivers and a few other items and things have always been fine. Not to mention the 2-4GB (might be a bit more now) of space this gives you for stuff you may never need.
     
  21. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    i didnt have any files in library > printers.

    i have a brand new mbp 13"


    are they hidden or something? I haven't reformatted or anything....
     

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