Mountain lions installation size

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mrmarts, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Hey all

    I got a basic MacBook pro retina and the one thing that sucks is the 256gb of space. So I have been looking on the web for the installation size of OSX 10.8 and hit a dead end, does anybody here know how much space is needed for the installation Mountain Lion?
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Lion is 3.89GB on the App Store. My guess is around there only.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    DP4 is a 4.32 GB download, and the details on Apple's site call for 8 GB of free space.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    After an initial install of the ML developer preview, I ran "Monolingual" to clean out all language resources EXCEPT English -- and saved almost 1gb of space.

    So it's possible to "slim it down" quite a bit, if English is all you need...
  5. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    My Mac Pro is running on a 256GB SSD and half of it is dedicated to OSX is on 128GB and I have 45GB free. So it's not a big deal! You should never be storing anything on your Mac HD anyway! It should only be OS, settings and apps. Photos and Mp3s should be on external devices.

    My MBA has 128GB and its also split in I have 60GB for OSX and it has about 35GB left.

    My Mac Mini has a 64GB SSD and it has like 40GB left!
  6. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    You 'should' stop telling people how to use their macs. You 'should' have whatever the hell you want to on there. If I want every photo I've taken of my nephews and my full music library on my MBP then it's a user preference not a deficient architecture decision.

    As long as the data is backed up somewhere else and you have the space for it then there is no problem having everything locally.
  7. duyvan82 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    I did a fresh install when DP4 came out and it took up roughly 8GB, so I guess for it to work comfortably , you'd be looking at at least 15GB ~ 20GB
  8. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do you feel better?
  9. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    I do, I can see his point, and yours, but honestly, put stuff wherever you want it, but you should definitely depend on your system drive being the only place for storing things.
  10. MacBookPro13" macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
  11. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Then why get an Air? All of a sudden you need an external drive to make it useable. ALthough to be fair, you didn't say where documents and other data files should be stored.

    Quite true.
  12. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I dont understand why people ask this. I don't need an external drive to use the computer. Only to store anything large that doesn't need to be stored on it! I barely ever actually take them out of my bag. I use Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime for movies and shows. I use iTunes Match and Spotify for music. Docs are small enough to live on the internal...but the next version of iCloud will store them in the cloud. My external HDD has movies and photos on I plug it in if I want to access that data....otherwise it is just the Air being used.
  13. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    Sounds confusing... All of my stuff is in one place.

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