Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am cleaning up a really old mac to bring it back to use. It has an 80 gig hard drive and after wiping out downloads, documents, pictures, music, videos and unneccesary applications I am now stranded at about 48 gigs. I read that Leopard needs about 9 gigs, how do I get rid of the remaining 20 gb without reinstalling. Its been three and half years since I bought it and I could only find Part 2 of the recovery disk. (I have already gotten rid of iLife, iTunes, iWorks, Web Browsers, Printer Drivers etc as I need only terminal based facilities such as lynx and vi.) If anyone could point me to solutions for freeing up as much space as I can it'd be very helpful.

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 4 down vote accepted

You can use Monolingual to trim the locales you don't require. This should trim at least a couple of GB.

The printer drivers are located in /Library/Printers. You can delete everything within the Printers directory (note, do not touch the /System/Library/Printers/ directory).

Additionally, if it's a default install, it may have come with iLife. GarageBand loops also take up a few GB and are located in /Library/Application Support/Garageband/Apple Loops/.

There are other areas you can trim space, but those will net the biggest gains. You can also give programs like DaisyDisk a shot (or free equivalent). They'll show you how data is distributed on your hard drive, and allow you to further pinpoint cruft that can be removed.

share|improve this answer
    
thanks.. I got rid of the printer drivers.. I will try monolingual now. –  yayu Nov 23 '11 at 8:10
1  
@yayu No problem. I've edited my answer to include GarageBand loops, which take up a massive amount of space if you have iLife installed. –  cksum Nov 23 '11 at 8:56
    
Thanks for the pointers .. I have freed up about 10 gb more. There's still some 10 gb lying somewhere... would trying to find it among the system files be worth the risk? –  yayu Nov 23 '11 at 9:08
1  
@yayu Give DaisyDisk (or equivalent) a try. Anything under /System is required. You can remove some things, but typically it won't affect hard disk space that dramatically. Most of the big ticket items are under /Library or your user (or /Applications). –  cksum Nov 23 '11 at 9:13
1  
@yayu also check out how to remove built-in speech synthesis voices! –  MattiSG Nov 23 '11 at 21:08

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.