Post Your Applications & used hard drive space!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by OldCorpse, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. OldCorpse macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    Two weeks ago, I bought a used 1.5GHz G4 mac mini. I swapped out the hard drive for a new 120GB 5400RPM Seagate and upgraded to 1GB RAM.

    Meanwhile, my iBook had gotten bogged down with a lot of apps I never use, so for the mac mini I decided to go ONLY with apps I will use for sure. What an opportunity! I did an install of OS X Tiger 10.4.2 from the installation discs that came with the mini - but I skipped all the printer drivers, since there were no drivers on it for the printer I use (Samsung).

    With all the apps I installed (including 3rd party) - my entire HDD uses only 3.51GB! Out of 111.8GB available - 3.51 GB used!

    How did I do it? First I used monoligual to get rid of all languages except the various flavors of English, French and Swedish. I also got rid of most keyboard layouts. And I got rid of the non-PPC frameworks and the G5 64 bit frameworks.

    Then I got very disciplined with software I installed - ONLY APPS that go on, are ones I'm sure to use, or which it's dangerous to uninstall without damaging some other functions of OS X.

    I did NOT install the iLife that came with it - sorry, I don't use iPhoto, iMovie (I use FCP 4.5 HD on my iBook instead), iWeb, iDVD (I got DVDSP on the iBook) or Garageband.

    I did NOT install any trialware or iWork etc.

    I updated to 10.4.10 using software update, but I also stripped out some OS X software I never use: Sherlock, iChat, Stickies, Chess, Nasaurus, Marble Blast, and some widgets, like: yellow pages, espn, snow report, stocks, clock, calculator, games etc.

    Then I installed the apps I knew I'd use (even if some I'd only use occasionally like MS Excel and Word from MS Office 2004).

    Here's my final list of apps:

    1) Address Book
    2) AppleScript
    3) Automator
    4) Bookit
    5) Calculator
    6) Dashboard
    7) Dictionary
    8) Disk Inventory X
    9) DVD Player
    10) Final Draft
    11) Final Draft Tagger
    12) Firefox
    13) Flip4Mac
    14) Font Book
    15) Google Notifier
    16) iCal
    17) iDefrag
    18) iGTD
    19) Image Capture
    20) info.xhead
    21) Internet Connect
    22) iSnip
    23) iSync
    24) iTunes
    25) KoalaCalc
    26) Little Snitch
    27) MacTheRipper
    28) Mail
    29) MainMenu
    30) MS Word
    31) MS Excel
    32) Overflow
    33) PopChar
    34) Preview
    35) QuickTime
    36) Safari
    37) Service Scrubber
    38) SuperDuper!
    39) System Preferences
    40) TextEdit
    41) The Unarchiver
    42) Toast Titanium
    43) Utilities
    44) VLC
    45) VoodooPad

    Plus widgets:

    1)GMail Widget
    2)Delivery Status
    3)Address Book
    6)Egg Timer
    7)Unit Converter
    8)PEMDAS Calculator
    9)Flight Tracker
    10)iStat Nano

    And that's it, folks! And here's the amazing part - I have a lot of documents, including 450MB worth of icons - so without the icons, I'd be a hair over 3GB hard drive space used! The result is a zippy computer - very fast, and very clean. I use iDefrag and MainMenu to keep it in shape.

    Now, granted, I use my iBook as well for video and music editing and specialized work, but for everyday ordinary use, the mac mini is just great.

    So what is YOUR app list, and your hard drive space used? Post the list and the number!
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    my application folder is 8.85G

    I do have too much stuff on there...
  3. OldCorpse thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    Interesting, clevin - your app folder alone is almost 3 times bigger than my entire hard drive space used!

    I wonder how many of these apps you actually use: f.ex. have you once used Sherlock? Or even vaguely plan to? How about Chess? I kicked both off my system - there was zero chance I'd ever use or need them. I still have them on my iBook - it would take too much work to go through all of them and strip out all the to me useless apps. Still fascinating what people have and use as apps!
  4. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I normally just kick out apps that 1),I absolutely won't use, 2) too big, there are indeed a lot of apps on my disk that are useless to me.

    I didn't do clean install when I first got my MB, and now I have too much data on it to do clean install...:eek:
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    OMG what a scary list .... :eek:
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006

    I just have too many browsers
  7. Diaresi macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    Flip4Mac AND Windows Media Player
    Photoshop CS3 AND Photoshop CS2

    The mind boggles :p
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    photoshop CS3 is beta, and expired

    WMP is for some wmvs that flip4mac won't play.

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