Can I/Should I remove OSXFuse (FUSE for OSX)?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by infantrytrophy, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. infantrytrophy, Jul 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2014

    infantrytrophy macrumors regular

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    I'm trying to de-clutter my Mac (27", late 2009 now running Mavericks). I noticed that there is an installed extension called FUSE (OSXFuse). Can I (or should I) remove this?

    I'm not sure why this is installed in my Mac. It may be related to an old USB external NTFS-formatted disk (WD Passport) that is no longer installed. That old external drive started to cause problems, so I replaced it with a new Mac OS Extended-formatted drive. The FUSE extension has probably been there since the Mac was running Snow Leopard years ago ... I can't think of a reason to have this extension now.

    Can I remove the FUSE extension? Are there any common applications that need this?
     
  2. chris.k macrumors member

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    1 good use for FUSE:

    Mounting .vmdk's for direct access to a Virtual Machine's disk (when the VM is not running)

    That's about all I use it for.
     

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