Macbook air shows 55.9 Gb out of the box?? 80Gb HD...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by youyou, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. youyou macrumors member

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    Hi people,
    As the title states my Macbook Air shows 55.9gb out of the box.
    I didn't install anything and i didnt do a thing.
    I lit it up. That's it.
    I have the 80gb Hd version. Is this normal? I know the OS takes up space but 25gb seems a little excessive no?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you all
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Please search. It's OS X, as you said, but it's also "Hard drive manufacturers are liars".
     
  3. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    You should also remember to state that it could be related to the fact that Garageband, and the rest of iLife take up tons of space.
     
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Do some searching about. There are ways to reduce the space the system takes up. Printer Drivers and languages are a good place to start.
     
  5. youyou thread starter macrumors member

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    Actually i removed Garageband,Idvd and Imovie and i only gained 200mb.
    So no that didn't help...
    And yes i know that Osx takes up space but 25gb???
    I highly doubt it.
     
  6. iSee macrumors 68040

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    You may have removed Garageband, but it's the loops that eat up your disk space. I forget exactly where the loops are (they are not with the app). Google for it...

    Edit: Oh yeah, and being specific about what Tallest Skil said, an "80 GB" drive has a capacity of only about 74.5 GB.
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    An advertised 80GB HD is actually 74.5GiB (actual computer counting of 1000 as 1024). The default Leopard Install is between 10GiB and 12GiB, bringing the available size down to 62GiB, the rest would be iLife and any other preinstalled software.

    I always suggest wiping the system in doing a custom install of OS X, with only the language packs and printer drivers you need, and to only install XCode and X11 if you need it. Then only install the components of iLife and the other software that you want.

    TEG
     
  8. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Try WhatSize. It is an easy way of seeing which folders are taking up the most space on your hard drive with a handy pie chart view.
     

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