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  1. #1

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    Feb 16, 2007
    New iBook - 39Gigs full - of 40gigs! WTF??
    New iBook G4-
    transferred selected files/apps from my iMac via firewire per startup choice when initially booting up iBook (its 1 day old)
    Now the iBook's HD is stuffed to all but 700Mb!!
    Yeah, I was selective about what to transfer (I thought) - so get this:
    I did a "get info" (to check file sizes) on each of the icons the ibook's HD presents when you click it open:
    Documents : 1.71 Gigs
    Applications: 7.31 Gigs
    Utilities: 405 Mb
    Applications OS9 - This one the computer couldn't find! (??)
    Pictures: 112 Kb
    Music: 6Mb
    Maureen (this is our Home file, if that is the correct term- is wifey): 2.43 gigs
    Total is, what? 11Gigs!
    So where did the rest of the 28Gigs go????? Even if I can't get the OS 9
    Apps file to open, there is NO WAY it was 28Gigs in size (the original iMac OS9 Apps file is 310 Mb!)
    How do I unclog all the drive space? And even if I just wipe the drive and start from scratch - how do I get files over from iMac without ending up full again? (and also - why can't I find the contents of the Applications OS9 file?)
    Many thanks in advance-
    Stu Aull
    stumped in Alaska

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    Aptmunich's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Remember - the iBook wasn't empty when you got it:

    OS X itself plus all the iLife apps can take up a couple of (8 or so I think), and your harddrive doesn't actually have 40GB when formatted - it's more like 36 I believe.

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    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    My ibook had maybe 29GB free on it when I got it. It's at 23 GB now. What iMac was this you copied the files from?

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Feb 16, 2007
    Hi guys- thanks for quick response-
    When I click "command-i" (Get Info) on the iBook HD it sez:
    Capacity: 37.14 Gigs
    Available: 794.1 MB (!!!)
    Used: 36.36 Gigs
    I figure (using "get info") the total capacity of what we dumped over from our desktop iMac G4 to the iBook is about 15Ggs (unless a TON of "secret" files comes along with it all??). So what else is clogging this up?? Surely there wasn't almost TWENTY gigs of software pre-loaded from Apple?!

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    Alexis's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 20, 2006
    Al iMac 20" 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    That's weird. I have a 250Gb drive (232Gb formatted, 174Gb free) and when I open HD and get the sizes of library, applications, users etc it all adds up to the 58Gb I have apparently used.

    Try deleting unneeded languages. You can gain a couple of gigabytes with this program:

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