Do you re-install OS X before first use?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Jimmieboy, Feb 11, 2008.

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Do use re-install OS X before using your mac?

  1. Yes

    32 vote(s)
    40.5%
  2. No

    38 vote(s)
    48.1%
  3. Sometime

    9 vote(s)
    11.4%
  1. Jimmieboy macrumors 6502

    Jimmieboy

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    #1
    Hey everyone!

    I'm holding out for the new MBP (hopefully not long!) and I wanted to make this mac perfect (unlike my iMac which was my first one).

    I'm just wondering if you guys re-installed OS X before you first started to use your computers?
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Yep I always reinstall when I get a new computer. I get rid of all the printer drivers (I can download and install the most recent from the web), the extra languages, all the demos and most of the iLife suite (except for iPhoto - I have Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio to replace the others).

    Saves absolutely tons of space and at least then I know that only what I really want is actually on the computer.
     
  3. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly

    I like knowing what is on my computer is installed by me. lets me keep a CONTROL type situation over my stuff.
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  4. Jimmieboy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Any ideas on how much space I'd save with only installing the english language and not others? The thing is that since I'll have a notebook, free space is a big issue. It's a pain carrying around an external HDD and installing a larger one is more of a job than on a desktop.
     
  5. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

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    You'll save a couple of GB. I always re-install to get rid of some of the crap. You can save another couple of GB by only installing the printer drivers you need.

    All in all I think I saved 5-6GB by choosing what to install. Much easier to do this at the start than trying to remove later.
     
  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    You don't save as much space with Leopard as you would have with Tiger, but under Tiger I remember it being around 5-6GB. I think under Leopard it's less, but it's still a few gigs and worth it.
     
  7. Roadster macrumors newbie

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    Printer drivers alone take up about 3.4GB on the Leopard install, with another 2GB on top for additional languages - so that's around 5GB you can save. Definitely worth doing a reinstall if you're short on HDD space.
     
  8. johto macrumors 6502

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    Indeed. I went straight to the OS installation after the hardware diagnostic with my new first iMac. What better time to go and make some coffee while it installs. Same time you make sure your hardware seem to work ok! And of course, save many GB of disk spaces. Installing OS X is so easy :p Better question is, Why not?
     
  9. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Sure do. Usually anywho, when I get a new computer I'm usually excited and get ahead of myself
     
  10. slowbutspeeding macrumors newbie

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    Have not in the past, but definitely intend to with my new notebook. Saves tons of space by letting you put only what you need on it, not what the entire world does.
     
  11. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

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    I've found that with the last two new macs (an ibook G4 and the first rev MBP), all the squirelly behavior (kernal panics, lock ups, etc) I saw stopped with a clean install. I don't think the image they blast onto the drives is very good. A new Mac Pro is heading my way and currently "out for delivery", that will be the first thing I do.
     
  12. Jimmieboy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jimmieboy

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    Thanks for all the advice.

    Hopefully I'll get my MBP soon. WIth the apple store currently down (in the US + Canada, not Aust) there is a chance I'll be getting it soon! And now I will re-install OS X before I use it! YAY!
     
  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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  14. slu macrumors 68000

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    This. IJ Reilly and I have tried to fight the good fight before in a couple of these threads, but in most cases, a re-install is a waste of time.
     
  15. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I've never re-installed the OS when I've bought a new computer. It's a waste of time to me.
     
  16. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a

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    I have every time

    It makes me feel better knowing that i am not bloating the system with unnecessary extra stuff to process and load., The extra drive space never hurts either.
    Just did a full Install on my new macpro when I got it and saved a few seconds off startup & I am sure it's peppier because it doesn't have to deal with so much bloat.
    I never used the extra languages, I also download drivers straight from the net.
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i do it, especially on a laptop.

    things i get rid of:

    printer drivers
    languages
    iDVD
    iMovie
    Garageband & Loops
    other software i won't use.

    usually trim the install size down considerably.

    is it worth it? sure for some people, others not.
    me i'd rather have things clean from the start and not have to dig out all the stuff i want to delete.
     
  18. Antares macrumors 68000

    Antares

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    Unless you are really, really worried about space constraints and want to pick and choose what you specifically want installed, you don't need to worry about doing a custom reinstall. It's a waste of your time.

    I never do it. If storage space starts running low...I simply prune and purge. You never know what you may need or want at a later point.
     
  19. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Nope, Startup Assistant does everything I want. And I never reinstall the tires when I buy a car, either.
     
  20. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I never reinstall OSX but since i got a MBA i think i would need to to save some space.
     
  21. Mac OS X Ocelot macrumors 6502a

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    I've only owned one mac in my lifetime and I didn't know to do it when I got it. I probably won't do it with my next one because I'm intending to have at least 500GB internally, so it won't be necessary. I might think about it though.
     
  22. slowbutspeeding macrumors newbie

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    I think you're missing the point. Removing the tires and putting them back on would do nothing. Now if you were to take out the backseat, a few child restraint locks, some pretty plastic covers over the engine block, and other useless items to shave weight, that would be more like it.
     
  23. phjo macrumors regular

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    I did... (not immediately though) with my macbook (first gen).

    The 60Gb hd was already 26~27Gb full when I got it (printers, languages, stupid trial software and games, garageband and some other parts of ilife I don't use...)

    I did not do it with my mac pro, as I saw no use doing it...

    phjo
     
  24. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    I had to do it on my MacBook because Apple shipped it with a buggy version of Leopard which didn't include Boot Camp Assistant. The version on the discs was different and included the software.
     
  25. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Yup, it's nice to get rid of all the "iApps" which just clogg up my drive, trash all the default applications like Chess, Stickies, GarageBand and DVD Player which I ain't gonna use, remove useless printer drivers etc. Though, one could install AppZapper and it'll remove whatever application you tell it to uninstall - dragging to thrash is cool, but some applications ain't tidy - they put files everywhere!
     

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