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Default How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-17-2009, 10:17 PM

How small can you get an OSX install after using tools like XSlimmer? My thoughts were a slim OSX + a slim XP could possibly work on an 8GB? I've looked and I'm not sure if anyone has tried this, but I'm certainly willing to as I need something to do over this spring break .

I've read that OSX installs are just under 8GB if they're not modded or anything like that. If it can get down to maybe 5-6GB, then an XP install is definitely possible. With XP, I think there just needs to be space enough for the OS and change, and then you should be able to install programs to the SD card, and the hit on performance shouldn't be much assuming you're just using plain apps.
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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-17-2009, 10:39 PM

My "Monolingual-ized" install of 10.5.6 shows 6.1GB used.

Note however that my "64GB" SSD only showed a capacity of 57.1GB to begin with, leaving me with 50.9GB. I don't know how much of the overhead is unavoidable. (All storage estimates reported by WhatSize.)

Does anyone know if XSlimmer would be able to shave anything more off a 6.1GB install?
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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-17-2009, 11:13 PM

i got mine down to 5.5gb
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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-17-2009, 11:42 PM

If you really want to clear space, getting rid of some apps entirely will help you out. Mail, for example, is a big program (over 200 Mb) that some people do not use at all. Depending on your preferences, you can easily clear some space pulling this you don't use off. XSlimmer is great, but paring down programs is even better.
Considering that there are now some great tools to slim down XP builds, you should have no problem squeezing both OSs onto an 8Gb SSD and using your SD card for file storage.


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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-18-2009, 06:25 AM

Thanks guys.

@CFCSREWED - How did you get your OSX install so slim?

@CyG - Yeah, I plan on stripping most components from the Windows install, and pretty much all drivers and will slipstream the driver pack found on this forum. Although I think I'll update the graphics one and add the bluetooth stack.

Still looking for people that have small OSX installs, and if possible, what steps you took/what programs were eliminated to get it that small.
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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-18-2009, 09:05 AM

The best way to free up space is to go to:

/System/Library/Speech/Voices/

and then delete all of the folders except Fred.SpeechVoice
That's over 700 MB of stuff you don't need and will probably never use.
And it won't affect updates either.

XSlimmer does the rest (and is better, though costs, than Monolingual)
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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-18-2009, 09:42 AM

How is Xslimmer better than Monolingual? What does it do differently?

A good tool to see what it taking up space is Disk Inventory X.


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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-18-2009, 09:49 AM

  • Remove all the apps you can at install using the hacked installer method[/*:m:3hgsrz7u]
  • Upgrade to 10.5.6 & DellEFI[/*:m:3hgsrz7u]
  • Re-remove X11 and the apps that the upgrade put back in![/*:m:3hgsrz7u]
  • Remove all other voices bar Fred[/*:m:3hgsrz7u]
  • Remove all other dictionaries[/*:m:3hgsrz7u]
  • Remove all those big fonts[/*:m:3hgsrz7u]
  • Monolingual the thing[/*:m:3hgsrz7u]

Results in an install of just under 4.26GB

You need to install to an MBR drive though, so you'll lose the hidden EFI partition that GUID gives you so you need to re-create that. I guess you could have EFI=50MB, OSX=5.5GB, nLited XP=~1GB...

Enjoy your Spring break!!!



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Default Re: How small can you get an OSX install? - 03-18-2009, 03:55 PM

I've seen it suggested that you remove things like printer drivers, add'l fonts, etc after installing the OS. It's a lot easier to do this as part of the install (third screen in the install, "Customize" allows you to skip everything but the basic install.

Options suggested by Macintouch readers:

all screensavers except for the smallest one?(even that is debatable)
all desktop images save one?
all iLife fluff (garageband add-ons, for example)?
all un-needed apps and utils?
all user accounts EXCEPT for root (careful with this one)?
all fonts save for the most basic?
all bluetooth software and core services (if you don't use it)?
all help files and not needed documentation?
/Library/Audio?
sleep images?
all foreign languages?
all foreign dictionaries in /Library/Dictionaries
Check both your user library and the system library for unnecessary media files (it's not a bad idea to leave the smallest in place to ensure the system finds something if it ever wants it).

Additional languages will creep onto your disc with every app you install. Run Tinkertool System or your preferred language stripper any time you add one.
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