Removing Unnecessary Files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Gryfon19, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. Gryfon19 macrumors regular

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    The way I understand it (just bought a Mac), there are quite a few files taking up space installed by OS X such as extra languages and numerous printer drivers. Is there a way to uninstall these without re-installing the OS all together?

    If not, I may consider re-installing the OS. Is that a difficult process, and will I run into licensing issues like with MS Windows? Thanks!
     
  2. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Not safely.

    No, and no. Just boot from your restore disc, use Disk Utility to erase your hard drive, then, in the installer, be sure to un-check language translations... and I usually un-check printer drivers also.

    You do want extra fonts though.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You won't be prompted with any licensing nonsense beyond agreeing that you are installing OS X on Apple Hardware.

    I know of Monolingual. I believe there's another program as well. The only worry is that you could remove your Rosetta files in addition to the languages. I haven't done it myself so I hope someone else could help.
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Too many people have severely messed up their systems using Monolingual for me to feel comfortable recommending it to anybody.

    It really is a super easy process to just re-install the OS and all the apps. Like boot from the disc, check a few options, let it do it's thing for 30 - 40 minutes, and thats it.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I thought so.

    Reinstalling OS X is one of the most painless experiences I've had. I'd give that a try before anything else.
     
  6. Gryfon19 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great, thanks for the feedback. Sounds like re-installing the OS should be pretty easy. That said, what options should I pay special attention when given choices along the way?

    Also, does anyone know how much space I can save by doing this (going from a standard install to removing unnecessary languages, drivers, etc.)?

    Thanks!
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    just be sure you can find the "customize" button during installation.

    language/drivers will probably give you back 3G. there are other big apps you might not need, like garageband, iDVD, iMovie, iWork, etc, those will give you another 5~6G.

    Mac OSX 10.4's HDD requirement is 3G, so i suppose you can save at least 8~10G by doing reinstall and remove useless stuff there.
     
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Although remember that part of the point of the Mac is having GarageBand and iDVD and stuff. Maybe you don't think you *need* it now, but how do you really know you won't want it down the line.
     

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