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I was cleaning out my system today because I was trying to some video conversion work, and I kept running outta space. Seems that I have about 14 GB's! of stuff. All I have is the base Apple install, which has OS9 as a part of it, and the apps that come installed with it. I have a couple of programs including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Safari, Camino, and a few other MINOR appliacations that wouldn't take up more than 100 meg a piece ( and that is being generous ). I have gone through and trashed A LOT of stuff. And I still have about 14 GB's of stuff there. What can I delete that I don't need? Or how can I find out what is taking up all this space? I have no videos on this partition, my iTunes is symlinked to another drive so there is no MP3's on here. What can I delete, or where I can I look to delete stuff? 14 GB's is a lot for basically a base OS X install.

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I always check which folders take up the most space, find out if they are system files, if not deleted.

you may have a huge invisible folder..

in osx if ur not suppose to delete it you cant.
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OS X can be shaved down to well below 600MB, so there is some excess fat that is capable of being trimmed. That said, this is a fairly advanced procedure and not to be performed by the faint of heart.

You can safely remove the extra languages using DeLocalizer:
http://www.bombich.com/software/local.html

Then there are print drivers, desktop pictures, and other components you may be able to safely remove:
http://www.bombich.com/mactips/bootx.html
(Under the section Setup your System on the test disk Mike Bombich discusses which system components can be safely deleted.)

Be warned, this is a delicate procedure and one misstep could render your system inoperable, forcing you to reinstall the OS.
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Thanx for the tips gatorparrots. I wanted to slim down my system also.

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How's this for cleaning out my system?

I gained tons of space from delocalizer, thanks for the tip gatorparrots!

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I'm considering using DeLocalizer, especially after seing Emrys' results. Will it mess anything up by running it?

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Seems to run ok for me... I would recommend rebooting afterwards... My machine locked up after I finished. I'm not sure it was because of delocalizer though, because I have been doing a lot of heavy encoding/decoding of video, so it might've just needed a reboot anyway. But a reboot can't hurt you. After the reboot, everything has been fine. I can't really attribute the crash to delocalizer. I also have a couple network connection going, so that might be an issue as well.

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Hmm I have 39GB right now... I don't think i'll need it (I know I will erase my HD before I ever get down to 10gb)
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DeLocalizer is perfectly safe from my experience. I ran it on our 10.1.5 server machine to free up more room for swap files. It saved almost half of a gigabyte of space and didn't require a reboot. The server had over 45 days of uptime after I ran DeLocalizer, so that should speak volumes about it.
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After seeing Emrys results. I will be running delocalizer, this evening when I get home.

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Well if its deleting that much, its probly changing something... but what?
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DeLocalizer will remove all non-American English localization resource files that you request. This application is geared towards American English users, as it will not remove localization resources for American English. Users that use other languages may still use DeLocalizer to remove languages that they do not use (except, of course, American English).

Localization files provide the language support for an application. All strings of text that an application uses are defined in a localization file. Mac OS X also includes non-English localization files for people who speak other languages. While this is a wonderful technique for easily bringing applications to other languages, it can use up more space than you may be willing if you plan on using no more than one language. While Mac OS 10.1 allows the option to not install localization files, some inevitably exist on your drive.
In other words, it removes all non-English .lproj from Cocoa .app bundles and other packages.
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It gave me back about 400 mg of disk space.

Thanx for the clarification gatorparrots.

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Wonder why I got such good results. Seems everybody else is getting around 400 MB's... Maybe it's because I have the developer tools installed?

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I ran it this morning and saved 572 MB

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