Getting rid of uneeded files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tech198, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    To save space, do people prefer to delete all other language files they don't speak ?

    eg: this could be any file, or game in a non-english, or non primary speaking language..

    Also could be useful to just clear up 300Gig or how ever much space they would take up.. Multiple game files in different language for instance.

    What's your preference when it comes to spring cleaning your hard drives?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I use Monolingual to strip out all languages except English, but…

    … you're NOT going to "clear up 300Gig". 300-400mb is more like it.
  3. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    To save space, I find some unused video file and delete it. Deleting just 2 minutes of compressed HD video will save you that 300 MB -- it's really not worth risk of breaking applications to delete language files.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space. Then you can see what's taking up space that perhaps you don't want. For the most part, I'd avoid the system directories, as you can royally mess things up by being too aggressive.

    Look for the garageband files in the root /Library directory, there's some pretty hefty support files there for that app.
  5. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    You may also want to consider what your time is worth. At current drive prices, that wasted 400 MB of language files is costing you a whole penny!
  6. kschendel macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2014
    LOL well, yes and no. The cost of drive space is a step function, it's not linear like billing your time. It's free until you fill it up and have to either do something or buy more / bigger drives. :)

    I find that the main benefit of a periodic cleanup every few months is that I have a shot at actually remembering what document RX27Z.Boskone-Helmut is all about, thus making the process go a lot faster...

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