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Aug 5, 2008, 04:59 PM
 
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How can I make as much room as possible?
I am using 47GB how can I free space?
My library is using 6GB, can i clear this? found, username > library
I do have Parallels installed, with xp installed, dose this take up room automatically?
I have 15GB of software installed, what are the default apps? so i dont delete them?



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Aug 5, 2008, 06:24 PM
 
How big is the hard drive anyway? 47GB isn't that much, esp. if you have a 120GB drive or larger. If it's only 80GB, it's still fine, but you may want to consider either upgrading to a larger drive (if possible), or buy an external one.
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Aug 5, 2008, 06:31 PM
 
Deleting stuff from your Library folder is a big no-no. It'll likely screw up everything and cause you to end up with a computer that won't boot, forcing you to reinstall your OS. And if you do that, you may well lose data.

First thing you should do is look for any of your own personal data that you can delete. Otherwise, the best way to free up "hidden" space is by using a little app called Monolingual. This will let you remove all language localizations other than the ones you use (you can keep just one, or several if you want). That usually saves over 1 GB. You can also strip away either the PPC or Intel component of your software, depending on what kind of processor you have. So if you're on an Intel Mac, you can completely remove the PPC code, which should save at least several hundred MB, if not over 1 GB.

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Aug 5, 2008, 06:36 PM
 
Whatever you do, do not let Monolingual strip your system frameworks. That will make it so that a lot of programs won't be able to run, and the only way to fix it is to reinstall Mac OS X.
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Aug 5, 2008, 07:52 PM
 
47 gb is a lot if we're talking about operating system files. If you include personal things like music, pictures, and videos in that then it's not too bad at all. First of all we need to know if the following have a bunch of files:

/user/username/downloads
/user/username/movies
/user/username/music
/user/username/pictures

We also need the size of your Windows install.

If those aren't taking up much space then you can start looking around for things to delete..I've found large folders of things I didn't need in /users/username/library/application support (Garageband sounds, various large folders from programs I was no longer using).

Disk Inventory X can assist you in finding any large files. Note their locations and then look in those folders for any other things you don't need.
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Aug 5, 2008, 07:57 PM
 
I always run a simple application called What-Size every once in a while. It helps me find out what is taking up the most space on my HD.
     
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Aug 6, 2008, 07:20 AM
 
/user/username/downloads - 828KB
/user/username/documents - 16KB
/user/username/movies - 8KB
/user/username/music - 4MB
/user/username/pictures - 37.1MB


Windows XP, 8000MB


Library 13.49GB
Developer 4.72GB
System 4.38GB


I have a 400GB external hard drive...

My mac is 160GB
I have a 1TB backup drive (backing up all my computers, and external hard drive
     
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Aug 6, 2008, 12:29 PM
 
Looks like you've got a lot of stuff in your library. My user library is 1.39 GB. Use What-Size to investigate folder sizes and see if there's anything you don't want/need. I'd guess that it's something in /users/username/library/application support.
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Aug 6, 2008, 12:47 PM
 
I would guess that it is their root level Library, not the user one and that the size is mainly due to things like iLife and iWork app support files.

The biggest folder is the pictures one and that is going to be almost entirely user created content.
     
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Aug 6, 2008, 12:56 PM
 
have you tried monolingual?
     
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Aug 6, 2008, 02:34 PM
 
Try x-slimmer to get rid of any localizations and UB code you don't need. Makes a difference if you're really looking for every last bit of space.
     
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Aug 6, 2008, 03:10 PM
 
well, i was thinking of sending to an apple store to get cleaned up professionally... they do that right?

I dont have much cash atm so are them apps free?


library/app support is 5.35GB
     
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Aug 8, 2008, 05:30 AM
 
The Library folder in your Home folder contains all of your e-mail, including all mail attachments, ( home/Library/Mail/), as well as application Caches.

You've also mentioned that your Windows XP virtual disk for Parallels is 8GB, so that's a bunch right there.

The Library/Application Support folder at the top level of your hard drive contains several gigabytes of support files - audio loops and themes - for iDVD and GarageBand. If you don't use them, you can remove those.

Do NOT remove PPC code unless you know *exactly* what you're doing. Otherwise, you are absolutely, 100% guaranteed to break stuff with no way to fix it other than reinstalling it.

And 15GB of software? My hunch is half of those are games?


You can look at every folder in List view and use the View options (Cmd-J) to have the Finder calculate all folder sizes, and then sort by size, to get a good grip on where your space is going.

Note that a number of system directories account for a few GB and are invisible in the Finder (since you shouldn't touch them), so there may be a discrepancy there.
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Jan 20, 2009, 03:38 PM
 
Just used Monoligual. According to it, I deleted 2.1G.
     
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Jan 20, 2009, 03:52 PM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
Just used Monoligual. According to it, I deleted 2.1G.
Better make sure you can still run PPC apps on your intel-based system. If not, then you'll have to reinstall.
     
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Jan 20, 2009, 04:21 PM
 
Dunno what PPC apps I'd have, unless it was part of the OS install that was done about two weeks ago. How do I check the PPC apps? None listed under Activity Monitor BTW.

Found one : Disk Inventory X I also found DesktopDB which has Classic under the Kind column in System Profiler - what does that mean?
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