Tiger + dev tools on a 40GB disk

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ThatSoundAgain, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. ThatSoundAgain macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2005

    I'm looking at buying an iBook soon. I'd like to know how much space Tiger and the Dev tools will eat up. Also, how much free space should I keep on the disk for efficient memory paging?

    So, with space for:

    - System
    - Dev tools
    - Applications (typical)
    - Recommended free space for paging

    How much will be left over for my own files on a 40GB disk?
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    The dev tools only eat up a gig or two. I've got 30GB left on my 60GB drive with Tiger, iLife (some of those apps are huge), and dev tools as well as many of my own files. I figure you'll want maybe, what, 5+GB free for swapping? So you'd have a few gigs left - more without iLife.

    I highly recommend 60GB as a minimum size, though. But... you can make it work with 40GB.

    Edit: I managed to squeeze Panther and dev tools onto a 6GB drive in my Lombard PB, but it wasn't pretty. So you'll be fine with 40GB if that's your only option.
  3. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Depends on if you will use iTunes and store music on your Mac, as I have. I'm struggling to keep below 40gb and have even deleted some programs. Go for as much as you can get to be safe.
  4. ThatSoundAgain thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Thanks for the input.

    The problem is, my previous Mac died on me, and I need a portable ASAP. The iBook looks like the best stopgap solution, I'll probably be able to get an Intel PB when they come out, but right now the PB line is overpriced for my needs.

    Trouble is, if I want to upgrade to 60GB, I'll have to wait at least 10 days for it to arrive, whereas the stock 40GB I can buy in a store and take home immediately. That's my dilemma.

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