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Default 8 GB Flash Drive Enough? - 12-25-2008, 04:11 AM

I'm considering using the USB Flash Drive method of installation of Leopard using the Type11 method. Will an 8 GB flash drive be enough? I believe the amount of usable space on the drive is 7.45 GB. How big is the Leopard Retail DVD?

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Default Re: 8 GB Flash Drive Enough? - 12-25-2008, 04:50 AM

The retail DVD is about 6.6GB.. If you mean you plan to image that DVD onto the thumb drive, yes, that will work great. If you mean you want to install to the thumb drive, I don't think it's going to fit, before being shrunk down.

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Default Re: 8 GB Flash Drive Enough? - 12-28-2008, 02:56 AM

Well, yes it is as long as you keep things really tight.

I had to do an install via a USB drive attached to my iMac. I then trimmed the fat from the instal following multiple guides from around here (great work guys!)

The result is a fully updated Leopard 10.5.6 install using Type11 method with VLC installed that clock at 4.8GB usage (roughly 2GB free disk space).

This method give me the ability to do the 1st setup right on the Dell Mini just like after completing the install from a DVD. I essentially boot from the Install DVD, run disk utility and then restore from the USB drive to the internal SSD drive.

In case you are interested here is in short how I did it:

Install minimum Leopard to USB drive from an iMac.
Boot back to you original iMac drive.
Install 10.5.6 Combo update

Applications to remove:

DVD player
Front Row
Image Capture
Photo Booth
Time Machine

Utilities removed:

Airport Utility
Audio MINI Setup
Bluetooth File Exchange
Boot Camp Assistant
Color Sync
Digital Color Meter
Directory Utility
Migration Assistant
ODBC bla bla
Podcast Capture
RAID Utility
Remote Install
Voice Over Utility

Library/Desktop Pictures removed:

All but Nature/Aurora.jpg

Library/Dictionaries removed:

All Shogakukan

Library/Fonts removed:

All japaneese

Library/Receipts removed:

All things inside

Library/Widgets removed:

All files inside

System/Library/Coreservices removed:

AirPort Base Station Agent
Bluetooth Setup Assistant
Front Row
iSight Updater

System/Library/Fonts removed:

All Japanese

System/Library/Voices removed:

All but fred

Run Xslimmer on the whole drive and slim away the fat.

Installed Safari 3.2.1 update

Restore from USB disk to Dell Mini SSD

After boot -f need to stop hibernation and delete that 1GB file
Run XSlimmer again
Run Install.dmg
Install VLC and all other updates
Run XSlimmer again

Dell Mini 9
OS X 10.5.6
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