Can I remove voices from OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vmachiel, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Hi Forum,

    I was clearing some space from my hard drive and I noticed the folder /System/Library/Speech/Voices/ being about 600 MB in size. Inside, as you might have guessed are the voices from the voice over function.

    I never use this, and probably never will. Can I remove the contents or will this mess up my system somehow?

    Thank you!
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    You can remove it. I would perhaps leave one voice, just in case Speech gets activated, so that it has something to fall back on.

    However, I would advise caution if you are going round the system looking for things to delete.

    The footprint of OS X is around 7 Gb. Maybe a little over 10 Gb with iLife/iWork, etc.
    The amount of space you can save by SAFELY deleting stuff in the system is minimal, compared to the size of most storage volumes.

    For the big space savings, you want to look through YOUR files and YOUR apps. :p

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