Reinstalling Tiger after purchase

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Wally, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Wally macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2005
    Hey guys

    Do any of you clean your disk and reinstall the OS after u recieve ur new Mac? i always did it with my pc just to get rid of unnessacary stuff.... i have heard u can do the same with tiger... something with languages...

    any thoughts?

  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    How do you know that you don't need what you have never tried? Set up your system. Get to know it. Do you realize that many people never learn that certain very useful functions a just a mouse-click away? If after you learn the ins and outs of your system, then consider removing the stuff that you don't need. Not before.
  4. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    It is almost a waste of time to reinstall... And you'll only save maybe a GB of space.
  5. rinseout macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    i like reinstalling

    my habit has always been to do a clean reinstall after purchase. not because i want to not install certain things (i like having all the languages, for instance), but just because for me it's part of that new computer feeling. if anything, i will install certain elements that are not on the default install (like X11, iirc). i'm a geek, though, and this sort of runs counter to Apple's design philosophy, which basically holds that you should be able to take your computer out of the box and be immediately productive with it.

    anyway, by reinstalling you won't hurt anything and it's probably a waste of time. but if you feel better about doing a clean install on your new mac then go ahead and do it.
  6. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2004
    What a preposterous post. Sure, things like X11 are perhaps worth leaving on if you don't know what they are at first glance, but if you only intend to use your Mac in English, then only install the English language. There is no point having Japanese on your Mac if you don't understand even the slightest thing about the Japanese language.

    Similarly with the printer drivers - if you have a Canon printer, only install the Canon drivers. If you buy a new printer of a different make later on, then guess what? It comes with a CD which contains the OS X drivers. Just install those. Not all the ones for all the other brands you don't have.
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    You can remove the extraneous language sets with Monolingual (or similar).
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    No, it wasn't a preposterous post. As pointed out, there are less invasive ways to remove extra languages, etc. Unless you're way low on disk space, which I frankly don't see happening just after buying a new system, I don't see why you'd bother to reinstall the OS. You save a few gig, maybe, at most, but you fragment the hell out of the drive, at least temporarily, unless you completely wipe it, in which case you need to jump through hoops to reinstall iLife, etc..
  9. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    as mentioned... you can remove the languages with simple applications. so if that's all you're going to remove, just use that app to do it.

    OS X doesn't come with a buttload of applications to remove. My powerbook came with what... some version of quickbooks, i chucked that, graphicconverter, i kept that, iLife (sadly lost that upon switching to tiger, and pacifist doesn't find the packages on my restore cd), and a few other applications. There's simply no reason to reinstall, if you don't want the apps, drag them onto the trash and for the most part they're gone.

    reinstalling is wasting your time, time better spent having fun with your new computer. so don't waste your time, enjoy your new computer.

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