Hard Drive space, Time Machine, Snow Leopard

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  1. iheartpolrbears macrumors newbie

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    I was going to upgrade to Snow Leopard but I discovered I only have 7.91 GB left on my hard drive.

    What should I do? I asked at Apple and they said I should back up to Time Machine and get a new internal hard drive.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Perhaps you should clear out your existing drive.

    Either way, you can still install Snow Leopard. Getting a backup drive is a good idea anyways.
     
  3. Mutinygraphiks macrumors regular

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    you could buy a new internal hdd with an external case put the new hdd in your laptop, put snow leopard on it, and near the end of install it will ask if you have files on another hdd you would like to import to your new os disk.
     
  4. iheartpolrbears thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry what do you mean by clear out the existing drive?
     
  5. Mutinygraphiks macrumors regular

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    he means delete anything you dont use and reinstall osx snow leopard.
     
  6. iheartpolrbears thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I was planning on deleting stuff I don't use but I was still worried about using up too much space
     
  7. Mutinygraphiks macrumors regular

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    if you are worried about space, purchase a new internal hdd and then use your old as a back up.
     
  8. iheartpolrbears thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would it be okay if I moved files I don't use to my 750 external I got for Christmas then install Snow Leopard?
     
  9. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Why wouldn't it be OK? That's exactly what external hard drives are for! ;)
     
  10. iheartpolrbears thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I meant okay for installing Snow Leopard since right now I dont have enough space ... :)
     
  11. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    If you're talking about installing SL on the external, I wouldn't recommend it. But if you're talking about moving files off your internal drive to your external to get enough space, then my original statement stands.
     
  12. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Clear out unused files from your existing internal HD, transfer some files from your internal to your external, and go ahead and install SL. You should be good to go.

    But even without upgrading to SL, I would still recommend clearing out a bit of space on your HD.

    :)
     
  13. iheartpolrbears thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was going to get the new iLife11 so I can get the new iPhoto. Will I be okay with that as well?
     
  14. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    It's like asking if, having bought a new car, it's OK to drive it. Keep about 10 GB free on your internal HDD at all times and do pretty much whatever else you want with it.
     
  15. Mutinygraphiks macrumors regular

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    he should just buy a new hdd thats bigger so he can stop complaining he has no room for everything he wants. instead hes just gonna fill his old one up just as fast if he cleans it out.:cool:
     

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