5 Replies Latest reply: May 31, 2006 2:47 PM by Paulo Vieira
price_dickerson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

I was attempting to download a tv show from itunes and I couldn't. A prompt said I needed to empty the trash or delete items. I emptied the trash and tried again but it still wouldn't let me. What kind of items should I delete first? Which items take up a lot of memory? How many items should I delete? And finally, how do I check how much memory I have and how much should I have?

Thanks in advance for any help

Ibook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Adrian Clarke1 Level 4 Level 4 (3,580 points)
    Hi,

    There's a lot of stuff you can delete, it just depends on what you have filled your HD up with and what applications you use.
    I have deleted Garageband in Applications and its loops in HD>Library>Application Support, the games that came preinstalled, World Book and a whole load of unnecessary printer drivers in HD>Library>Printers.
    As I only have a Combo drive I also deleted iDVD.

    A good application to see where your space has gone is Whatsize, but read ~JB~'s excellent warning in This thread before proceeding.

    An easy way to see what space you have available is to open a finder window, click on the HD or volume name and you will see a figure at the bottom of the window. Or select the Volume and hit ⌘ I (that is letter 'eye'), which will tell you how big your HD is too.

    Post back with any queries if you are unsure about anything.

    Best of luck,

    Adrian

    ibook G4 1GHz, 768mb; iMac 17" G4:768mb (10.3.9)   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   Belkin WiFi F5D7632
  • ~JB~ Level 5 Level 5 (4,045 points)
    Hi Adrian,

    I am surprised that someone linked to one of my previous posts. Since that post I have updated my advice on how to save space.

    A great program to show you exactly what is on your computer is WhatSize.

    If you are going to use WhatSize to delete any files/programs/applications, please be careful and make sure you know exactly what you are deleting and if there are any repercussions. WhatSize will show you files that you would not normally see; they are referred to as "invisible files". These invisible files are hidden from the users view because they would clutter the desktop and they hold vital information that if corrupted or deleted may cause problems. Please make sure you know what you are doing!

    You will start off with a little less then what the hard drive says you have. For an example, you have a 49Gb hard drive, your iBook will say it has 37.8Gb. The reason is because Mac OS X takes up space itself and the way Finder counts as 1 Gb as well as other sizes. You may want to look at Knowledge Base Document #30065, which answers Is my hard disk missing space?.

    Have you deleted files that you don't use; like for my iBook, GarageBand. I use GarageBand on my iMac because it is much easier and faster, so I deleted it on my iBook. Have you tried the "erase install method"? The reason for doing this is because Mac OS X installs all the necessary fonts, languages, drivers, etc that people all over the world my need, by default. This tends to take up some room that you might want to get rid of (make sure first what you don't need and need). You erase and install your system software (Knowledge Base Document 301270 About Install Options w/ Mac OS X 10.4), and when installing, do a custom install. This way you can install the languages, drivers, and applications you want. The same technique can be done with iLife.

    You may also want to try using Monolingual 1.3.2 to remove languages. Some people have found that it works great, but I prefer removing them when reinstalling OS X. The Monolingual website says:

    "Q. Monolingual made my OS X installation unusable.
    A.
    Chances are that you have accidently removed the English language files. Some language packs are only a subset of other language packs (for example "U.S. English" is a subset of "English"), so you will have an incomplete OS X installation if you remove "English" but not "U.S. English". In general, you should never remove the English language files unless you know what you are doing."

    To find all the little files easily you can also use Spotlight in the upper right hand corner of your menu bar. Just click on the symbol and type in the name of the application, that will bring up all of it's files. The only real thing you need to worry about is deleting thing that should be not be deleted, like the following fonts,

    Apple LiGothic Medium.dfont
    AppleGothic.dfont
    AquaKanaBold.otf
    AquaKanaRegular.otf
    Geneva.dfont
    Keyboard.dfont
    LastResort.dfont
    LucidaGrande.dfont
    Monaco.dfont
    Hei.dfont
    Helvetica.dfont

    Kurt Lang has a great User Tip on Font Management in Mac OS X Tiger and Panther that one should probably read before messing with the fonts.

    Another User Tip that one may want to look at is a brody's Known reasons for hard disk filling up

    Please, don't hesitate to ask. You may want to back up some of the files/folders that you are deleting. You may want to look at Knowledge Base Document #106941 which has examples on How to back up and restore your files.

    I hope this is more helpful then the last.

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    price_dickerson,

    You may want to think about investing in an external hard drive. If you would like some reasons why it is a good idea or suggestions; let us know.

    I hope that helps,
    Jon

    Macbook 2.0 White (100Gb HD 2Gb RAM) Mac Mini 1.42Ghz, iPod (All), Airport (Graphite & Express), G4 1.33Ghz iBook, G4 iMac 1Ghz, G3 500Mhz, iBook iMac 233Mhz, eMate, Power Mac 5400 LC, PowerBook 540c, Macintosh 128K, Apple //e, Apple //, and some more...  Mac OS X (10.4.5) Moto Razr, iLife '06, SmartDisk 160Gb, Apple BT Mouse, Sight..
  • Adrian Clarke1 Level 4 Level 4 (3,580 points)
    Thanks for that Jon,

    I'll save the link to this thread instead for future advice. You put it so succinctly.
    Have you thought of submitting it to "User Tips'? (Or have you already..?)

    Adrian
  • ~JB~ Level 5 Level 5 (4,045 points)
    No I haven't, in the future I may. I am still looking at other ideas.

    Jon

    Macbook 2.0 White (100Gb HD 2Gb RAM) Mac Mini 1.42Ghz, iPod (All), Airport (Graphite & Express), G4 1.33Ghz iBook, G4 iMac 1Ghz, G3 500Mhz, iBook iMac 233Mhz, eMate, Power Mac 5400 LC, PowerBook 540c, Macintosh 128K, Apple //e, Apple //, and some more...  Mac OS X (10.4.5) Moto Razr, iLife '06, SmartDisk 160Gb, Apple BT Mouse, Sight..
  • Paulo Vieira Level 4 Level 4 (1,300 points)
    Jon, just do it, mate. Can´t get any better than that.

    Cheers,
    Paulo