Where did all my space go?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by farqueue, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    Hello people, i have a 60gb hd macbook, and it says i have only 38-39GB free.. when i havent even installed any aps yet.

    where's all the space gone?

    i heard mac os x takes up a lot of room for languages... is it true? i dont even use those other european or asian languages how do i delete them?

    my girlfriends asian so she'd like to use it to view her asian websites
    but if i delete them will they affect how the web pages are being viewed?? ie will she still be able to see those characters>:confused:


    EDIT: ah, one more thing, i am moving out of my parents house, is there something like a TV tuner card i can buy to watch TV? coz i am reluctant to bring the stupid bulky 14inch tv that i have..

    and... how can i custmise my folders in Front row? is there a way to let front row download the smaller size HD trailers? coz my internet connection is not very fast...abt 1mbps
  2. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    A lot of space is used by iLife (mostly Garageband with all the loops and iDVD). You can delete that stuff or re-install OS X. You can re-install OS X with only the apps you want and you'll free up a lot of space :)
  3. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    google "delocalizer" and use that to get rid of languages... and delete any apps you dont want. the app "app zapper" will get rid of many applications fully for you. :)
  4. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    The extra languages do take up some space. Monolingual is a program you can use to uninstall unnecessary languages. If you want to view asian websites (Chinese, Japanese, etc.) you need to keep those languages install to view them properly.

    Some other apps that you may want to remove?
    Microsoft office Test Drive
    iWork Trial
    Comiclife (if you are not going to use it)

    Also remember 60GB probably equals 57GB or so in OSX.
  5. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    ok thanks a lot ppl, what abt my other questions :p

    is there a way to organise my front row folders? where can i find them?

  6. mortey macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2005
    so cal
    I'd also like to know about a TV tuner option if someone could shed some light on the subject.
  7. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    TiVo makes some good stuff from what I have heard.
  8. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Also be aware that 60GB is the hard drive manufacturer's measurement of the space using SI prefix. The size that your MacBook sees uses binary prefix. See this Wikipedia article for more details. Basically, the hard drive is marketed as 60GB to sound bigger and a nice round number, whereas the OS considers it to be about 56GB.

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