How to free up space on MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fazzl, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Fazzl macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    Can i free up any space like system files that i don't need? I had 120 gb two weeks ago and only have 4 gb left. i only have 30 gb of video, 3 gb of pictures, and 6 gb of video, but i don't know where the rest went.
  2. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
    applications? there probably a few gig worth in there

    and try deleting printer drivers, language's etc
  3. vicious7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2007
    Jacked into the net...
    Do you have a lot of apps loaded? Anyway, you can get rid of some of the languages that came with your system (approx. 10 GB worth). But only do that if none of your software uses those languages.

    And get an external hard drive.
  4. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Maybe invest in XSlimmer...and delete some apps (maybe GarageBand) that take up space and you don't use...
  5. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.
    This was talked about on here last week and I can't remember the post name.

    You should look for a log file that's grown out of control. Again, I can't remember how to do it (not much use am I?).

    There are ways to delete languages that are installed that you're not going to use, but that doesn't sound like it'll restore the space you've got missing.

    Good luck.
  6. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    How can i put video files, imported from my dvc camcorder via imovie, to an external drive so they still work with the imovie library?
  7. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    anyone? should i just transfer the files over?
  8. bennyboi macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2006
    West Coast
    Yes- u should be able to transfer them over then delete them off your internal. Keep the project files on the internal. When u launch the iMovie project, it should say "missing clip..." but it should give you a chance to locate it. That's where you direct it to the newly located file on your external. (I imagine it does this as it does in fcp, logic, after effects, etc etc- all work that way). If you can't reconnect the clips, you can always move them back to their original place.

    The following is a suggestion. Delete at own risk:

    ALSO- I have cleared TONS of space in the past by going into the Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support >(the following folders:)
    GarageBand: Never use it? You sure? you can clear 2 gigs worth of stuff here.
    iDVD: I personally don't like templates so- I toss away 2 gigs worth of huge template media here.

    Now go to
    Macintosh HD > Library > Audio
    2.5 gigs of stuff here, but that's lots of great sfx I find myself using a lot. Your choice. Maybe could store on external? I don't know

    When looking in those places- check for dupes. Delete with caution.

    There's also a folder in the Library for pro apps if you have pro apps installed. DVD studio pro comes with some pretty worthless templates.

    iTunes - I'm reminded of the scene in Spaceballs when the princess is told "Take only what you need to survive" and she has them lug the huge hairdryer. :D Keep your favs on the internal, the rest on external.

    Anyways, moving those big movie clips is a good idea. I'd stay away from deleting template stuff until you're positive you'll never need it. Good luck!
  9. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    hmm. im going to college and i just got a 500gb mybook drive and i have an old 160gb external drive but i dont know if i will take them with me....

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