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Hey gang. I got an email from a listener and need your help. Basically he wants tips for clearing out files in OS X (temp files, caches, logs, etc) to free up hard drive space. Also any good tips for storage management mighbe nice too. What tips do you have? For example:

 

Next time you do a clean install of OS X, choose custom options and don't install any languages you won't need to use.

 

Thanks for the help.

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I always have a Smart Folder set to pick up any file over a certain size; this way I can remember to delete them later if I don't want it. Other than that and the language thing all I do is not install tons of applications on a whim; I install "trials" to another user account for easy disposal later.

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I run a widget called desktop dustup that moves files older than x days on my desktop to my recycle bin. This makes my desktop clean. I don't risk anthing because mostly downloaded dmg files and temproary files are on my desktop.

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Garageband loops and stuff and iDVD themes take up huge amounts of space. If you absolutely never use those, you might consider getting rid of that stuff.

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he could use an application to see what the biggest files are that he doesnt need or use and delete those. i used "whatsize" to figure this out when i needed more mac HD space

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When I ran Monolingual and deleted all languages other than English and US English, I retrieved an amazing 2.4GB of space from my HDD. I had no idea that it would free up that much space. Have any of you reported such success? It really does make massive difference that 2.4GB when you live off a 60GB HD which is only 39GB after formating and pre-installing.

 

I wonder why the amount of space used up by language files is inconsistent between Mac models.

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Also, if you want to get even more free space, erase free space and then reboot.

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When I ran Monolingual and deleted all languages other than English and US English, I retrieved an amazing 2.4GB of space from my HDD. I had no idea that it would free up that much space. Have any of you reported such success?
I'm running on my new 2.0GHz MacBook with a 100GB HD. Yes, I freed up about 2.5 GB of space by just deleting stuff like those uselss languages and a few retarded applecations.

 

What do you mean, "erase free space?" How can you erase free space?

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I'm running on my new 2.0GHz MacBook with a 100GB HD. Yes, I freed up about 2.5 GB of space by just deleting stuff like those uselss languages and a few retarded applecations.

 

What do you mean, "erase free space?" How can you erase free space?

Go to disk utilities and then it is under the erase tab.

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