freeing up hard drive space

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Okvalleyguy, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. Okvalleyguy macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2006
    Kelowna BC, Canada
    I am looking for ideas on what to do about freeing hard drive space on my 30 GB HD on my 12 inch ibook.
    I have purchased a 250 GB, firewire Iomega hard drive, repaired my permissions, and Carbon Copied my HD to the new Iomega HD. I have also ran Applejack and the WhatSize program. All seems to be fine but not sure what to do with all the info ??
    I have gone thru my files and folders and cleaned what was easy to see and delete/trash.
    Currently i have 6GB of itunes and 8GB of iphotos and 2.GB left free on my ibook. It is running slow and i have not had any problems with it. I do not want to spend any money on changing the ibook's 30 GB HD as i will be buying a new iMac next year. I am not a .Mac user and happy with Panther for the time being. I am using the ibook as my main computer at home until i purchase my new iMac.

    I am looking for your ideas or thoughts on what to do that might help.
    I am not sure what is the best way to get iphoto or itunes onto my External hard drive ?
    As the small hard drive is going to be a ongoing problem should i delete extra/unused languages/ printer setting/OS 9 and if so should i do a fresh install and start fresh??
    I have never used and will never use Garage band do u think it is worth dumping for the extra space.
    Idealy ( i think), i would like to have all my photos stored on my External with just a few current from my camera when travelling. I have a 4GB Nano iPod so really only need itunes on my laptop to move them around .
    I have wireless at home, so all this will be wonderful with the new iMac but until then i need some help.
    I have been a converted Mac guy for the last 1.5 years and have loved jumping the fence.
    It is much greener on this side. Thanks for reading and look forward to your thoughts/ideas.
    Cheers Granto
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Sure...getting rid of languages can free up over 250 MB of space...use something like Monolingual or Delocalizer to make it easy. Getting rid of GarageBand and its associated loops can free up close to 3 GB. Unused printer drivers can be 1-2 GB. iDVD themes? That can be a couple of GBs.
  3. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Wheaton/Normal, IL
    Convert your music to 128kbps AAC. Because you don't have a lot of space and iTunes just makes a copy of each song, essentially doubling the room it takes up while it's encoding, you'll only be able to do a few albums at a time, delete the old files when you're done, and repeat.

  4. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Just dragging GarageBand to the trash won't remove that much, you also have to remove /Library/Application Support/GarageBand (1.9GB on my iMac) and /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/Apple Loops for GarageBand (1.91GB). /Library/Application Support/iDVD takes up 1.67GB

    My /Applications is only 3.6GB but the iWork demo takes up 1.4GB of that - I've never used it but am reluctant to remove it since I'm likely to try it out sometime, and I don't need to free the space yet.

    I've mentioned this a couple of times in the past week, but I've found WhatSize useful for finding out where most disk space is being used.
  5. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Whoa, thanks plinden. I just saved 2.5 gigs from deleting garageband! I think now going to delete iMovie and iDVD I forgot how much space those take up:D :eek:
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    If you want to put your music on your external HD, just move your Itunes music folder (should be located in finder under music) to your external drive. Then you go into iTunes, preferences, advanced, and change your itunes music folder location. for iPhoto, get an app called iPhoto Buddie off
  7. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    Use AppZapper to remove your programs. It finds every file attached to the program, which often can amount to quite a bit of space you otherwise wouldn't have deleted.

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