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Ruahrc Oct 13, 2004 04:37 PM
Slim down my Classic folder?
I heard that one is able to reduce the size of their classic System Folder by erasing unecessary files from it. It's about 180MB to start, and I heard you can end up at 60MB? (or maybe it was 120). Anyways, I don't know anything about OS 9 so I don't know what is not necessary. Do you guys have any ideas?

Ruahrc
 
Big Mac Oct 13, 2004 07:58 PM
Once upon a time, on System 7 or below, you could slim down the Mac OS so that it would fit on a single floppy. I don't know technically how small you can get an OS 9 installation to be. If you want to find out how to pair it down, you can do some research online. Basically, you'll want to start by creating a custom fresh install of OS 9 on an unused drive or partition. Select only the minimal components allowed by the Installer.

You can then reduce the size much more after this, but doing so reduces the functionality of the installation. If you just want an emergency boot disk, you can create one that keeps only the essential control panels and extensions. (For instance, as strange as it may seem, the Appearance control panel is required by the system.) It would be easier to sit down at a Mac and do this than to describe how to do it remotely. It's not a difficult process by any means.
 
yukon Oct 15, 2004 12:47 AM
Learn what the extensions do, and pare those down. Take out any MS extensions if you can (stability, size), just put them in a folder or something. Extra fonts...hmm.....leave the text encoding folder, it's fine the way it is. Clear out old prefs, leave the control panels for the most part. Check your appearance folder...that's about it.

It's been a while.
 
bowwowman Oct 30, 2004 09:41 PM
Re: Slim down my Classic folder?
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Originally posted by Ruahrc:
I heard that one is able to reduce the size of their classic System Folder by erasing unecessary files from it. It's about 180MB to start, and I heard you can end up at 60MB? (or maybe it was 120). Anyways, I don't know anything about OS 9 so I don't know what is not necessary. Do you guys have any ideas? Ruahrc
Back in the day when I used 9.2, I had it down to 43.5mb, and it's ram usage down to
~28.3mb (w/VM on & 256mb of ram installed). But that was only after LOTS of research on every single extension, control panel, and other items, regardless of what it was or where......system folder or otherwise

IIRC, adding the classic support files for OS X only added a few mb to the total in 10.1 & 10.2. As for 10.3, I dont know since I no longer have OS 9 on my HDs anymore
 
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