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Discussion in 'macOS' started by JLEW700, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. JLEW700 macrumors 6502

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    Hey, I want to delete some apps in order to have more memory on my macbook. Do i simply drag the app to the trash and delete it, and thats it? I know on a pc you have to do the uninstall program thing, but is there a feature like that for a mac?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Hard drive space, not memory.

    Just Trash them, yes.
     
  3. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, HD space. So moving the app to the trash will completely remove everything associated with the app from the HD?
     
  4. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    No! Don't do that. You'll have vagrant parts of them all over the place taking up space and being useless!

    There's three or four utilities out there that will cleanly delete your apps. I use AppZapper myself but I recently read about a free one that sounded like it was a little better. Sorry, can't remember the name. ;)

    Here's AppZapper: http://www.appzapper.com/

    http://www.appzapper.com/appzapper_demo.mov <-- :D
     
  5. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not necessarily true. Many apps will completely uninstall with no traces left, simply by dragging them to the Trash. Some apps leave user preference files behind, so if you reinstall at some point, it will remember your customized preferences. These files usually take up VERY little space, and they're not "vagrant parts" "all over the place". While someone can use a 3rd party app like AppDelete or AppZapper, etc., it's certainly not required.
     
  7. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    appdelete? how about Cleanapp? which is prefered: appdelete, appzapper, or cleanapp?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    My point is, 3rd party apps like those aren't a requirement. Mac OS X isn't like Windows, where a massive clean-up is required after uninstalling an app. There is no Windows Registry and most apps keep all their required files bundled in the .app file, rather than scattering them all over the file system, like in Windows. The only thing left behind in most cases is either nothing, or user preference files.
     
  9. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, Sounds easy enough. Man I love Macs
     
  10. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there someplace I can see how much memory or HD ive used and how much i have left?
     
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The bottom of every Finder window has the remaining hard drive space.
     
  12. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so if i have a 2GB macbook and it says I have 143.37GB available, how much spaced have i used?
     
  13. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    For neat freaks like me, it is nice to tidy things up when you delete a program and App Zapper seems to do a nice job of that.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It depends on how much space you started with, of course. You could have 143.37GB available on a 200GB drive, or 143.37GB available on a 500GB drive. You can right-click on your Macintosh HD in Finder and "Get Info"

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  15. JLEW700 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It says: Capacity: 211.88GB, Available:143.37GB, Used:68.5GB on disk(73,555,640,320 bytes)
     
  16. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Well there's your answer... thanks for sharing.
     
  17. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Yeah so you probably have a 250GB Hard drive. Out of that, you used 68.5GB of space and therefore, 143GB is left to use.
     
  18. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Dude... did you read? It says "Available:143.37GB"
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's what he said:
    :confused:
     
  20. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    It is what he said, but it was pointless to state the obvious, no?
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Ahhhh, I see what you're saying. Well, if you want to talk about pointless posts, there are probably about 943,255 out there that could be deleted! :D
     

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