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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand Apps
Have you ever wondered about why iDVD got so small over time? The first time I used iDVD (in 10.2.x / iLife 2003, I think) the application used up around 1.5GB of hard disk space. Now I've just bought a new MacBook and noticed, with joy, that iDVD had shrunk to around 72mb. But my illusion vanished about one week ago, when I was using Disk Inventory X, that the two biggest folders on my hard drive were called iDVD and GarageBand -- 1.6GB for iDVD and 1.9GB for GarageBand. Both of these folders were located in /Library/Application Support. Maybe not a strange place to put it, but not the first place I would look for unnecessary stuff to delete, to free up disk space.

So if you're not an iDVD or GarageBand user, you can get a nice chunk of drive space back by deleting, moving, or maybe compressing those two folders with the top level Application Support folder.
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Find disk space usage easily...
Authored by: dbs on Dec 26, '06 08:39:31AM
Disk Inventory X
http://www.derlien.com/

This will very quickly show you what's taking up your disk space. Takes a while to generate the graphic, but it's very useful.

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Find disk space usage easily...
Authored by: fitzage on Dec 26, '06 09:12:02AM

Yeah, that's the same link he gave in the article.



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: fitzage on Dec 26, '06 09:15:39AM

I'm not sure why that's the last place you'd look. It's one of the first places you should look.



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: sfgecko on Dec 26, '06 10:48:11AM
WhatSize is also an app to see which files are taking space.

http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/

Disk Inventory X has a better visual look, but I find it a little easier to drill down into folders with WhatSize. Just personal preference.

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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: cp420 on Dec 26, '06 11:23:03AM
Omni Group has a nice little app called Disk Sweeper to help you see where the space has gone. You have to buy it if you want to delete directly from the program but you can still see where the space is being used with it for free.

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnidisksweeper/

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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: NewPerfection on Dec 26, '06 12:43:26PM

Um, I'm not so sure you really want to delete those folders. They contain the support files needed for iDVD and GarageBand. Things like themes, templates, loops, and tutorials. The applications will work without them, however you might want to leave them there.



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: bradleyd1971 on Dec 27, '06 06:28:06AM

It's okay to remove them if you don't use the apps.

The only iLife app I use regularly is iPhoto, so the first thing I do after any install of OS X or purchase of a new mac is to archive the iLife apps and support files and then delete them. That way if I ever have need for any of them, I can simply copy them to my HD and go.



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: fud on Dec 26, '06 01:06:07PM
A 4th disk space utility is GrandPerspective.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/grandperspectiv

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disk usage visualization
Authored by: anoved on Dec 26, '06 06:22:21PM

Utilities like Disk Inventory X and GrandPerspective are very useful. I highly recommend them to anyone concerned with where all their disk space went (I use Disk Inventory X myself). Particularly useful when asked to diagnose disk space problems on other people's computers: easily and intuitively find out what's consuming the most space without tedious size comparisons or unnecessary purges of innocent files.



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: escottf on Dec 27, '06 07:30:35AM

It has to be pointed out that if you've installed iLife in the past, previous versions may have left ANOTHER folder that big.

I to, did a disk inventory (I think I used WhatSize) and discovered two folders. Using the folder dates I deleted the oldest ones and it seems to have worked fine.

Of course, if you don't need GarageBand or iDVD - delete them both. I deleted the iDVD stuff (and the duplicates) as I don't have a DVD burner.

Scott :)

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Scott Fannen



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: PancakeMan on Dec 27, '06 02:23:46PM
This would be a good place to point out GarageBandAnywhere.

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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: willstuff on Dec 28, '06 08:55:16AM

Although there's no quick way to do this, that I know of, if you DO use iDVD, and want to claim a few hundred MB, you can go in each .theme file (control-click, "show package contents") and search for the "PAL" versions and delete those (if you're in North America -- visaversa, if you're not).



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: willstuff on Dec 28, '06 08:59:05AM

On a similar topic, but not exactly the same example, in the "Application Support" folder, you might notice the "iWork '06" folder which has a 200MB "tour" file. Probably don't need that if you've already figured out the iWork apps -- certailnly don't need it if you're not using them.



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Reclaim disk space from iDVD and GarageBand
Authored by: NicleT on Dec 29, '06 09:47:45PM

Many thanks for this cue! I was short in space on my PowerBooks' HD: only 5/100Gb was remaining, but this little app was very useful for the "slimming cure" operation of the disc. OMG! I was about to buy another HD (a Seagate Momentus 160Gb) and make the big swap. Fortunately I read this post and Disk Inventory X helped me to retrieve practically 20Gb! It surely deserve a donation.



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