5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 14, 2012 12:42 PM by argyle265
argyle265 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All; I want to remove all the software I won't use. I only speak English, I only have one printer, I don't beleive I'll ever use Garageband or iMovie and maybe other apps as well could be eliminated. Which is the best way to pare my OSX down to as small as possible?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 15"; 2.0 i7, 16GB; iPone 3gs
  • 1. Re: freeing up HDD space
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,940 points)

    Don't try to trim out languages.  There's too much that can go wrong with that (doing so has been known to damage some apps so that they won't work without reinstalling), and it won't gain you a significant amount of hard drive space.  Similarly, deleting preinstalled Apple apps may seem innocuous, but can have unforseen consequences.  And also won't save you much space, either.

     

    If you're running out of hard drive space, you need to clean off some of your own personal files, which are what will be taking up most of the space.  You can move some to an external drive, or you could upgrade your internal drive to one with a larger capacity.

  • 2. Re: freeing up HDD space
    argyle265 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ThanksThomas; How do I determine the size of various files as well as the aforementioned languages and apps?

  • 3. Re: freeing up HDD space
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,940 points)

    The easiest way to find what's taking up the most space is to download something like OmniDiskSweeper or GrandPerspective.  To find out how much space a particular file (including apps) uses, select it in the Finder and choose File -> Get Info.

  • 4. Re: freeing up HDD space
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,775 points)

    Consider installing a larger internal HDD.  They come as large as 1 TB.

     

    Ciao.

  • 5. Re: freeing up HDD space
    argyle265 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Ogelthorpe and Thomas; Thank you for your responses. What I'm trying to arrive at is a smaller amount of software so that I can switch to an SSD and not break the bank.