: New MBP out-of-box

Nov 30th, 2015, 01:13 PM
I know that a new MBP comes with the latest OSX installed, along with every printer driver out there. I'm tempted to do my own OSX 10.11 install with the flash drive I created. Or is that a waste of time and should I assume the "factory" install is good enough. Does a clean install of 10.11 still give the option of skipping printers? With a 1 TB SSD, I was also wondering if anyone ever creates more than one partition on the new SSDs.

Nov 30th, 2015, 01:22 PM
Having a backup disk in my opinion removes my need for partitioning. With SSD's and USB3, restoring is very fast. I have never had an issue with a new out of the box machine, it is not like various PC's with all the bloat ware, you only get Apple's software and thats it. I would not bother doing a clean install for a new machine.

Nov 30th, 2015, 01:30 PM
Does a clean install of 10.11 still give the option of skipping printers? With a 1 TB SSD.

I just did a quick search, but came up empty on this - I wonder if Apple still bundles *any* printer drivers with the OS, since any time I have connected a new printer in the last year or so to a Mac, it immediately sought the drivers via the Updates feature in the Mac App Store.

Can anyone shed light on this?

csonni, you may find bigger savings in deleting the non-English (and whatever other) language packs, either during install (I presume this is still an option) or afterword, using something like Monolingual (https://ingmarstein.github.io/Monolingual/).

Also, if there are apps that you never use, delete them: for example, GarageBand and its assorted files can save you around 3-gigs of space.

Delete GarageBand to Save Gigabytes of Mac Storage (http://www.tekrevue.com/tip/delete-garageband/)
MacOS X How to remove pre-installed applications (http://www.tweaking4all.com/os-tips-and-tricks/macosx-tips-and-tricks/macos-x-how-to-remove-pre-installed-applications/)

To find other space hogs, use something like GrandPerspective (http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net).

Ditto Pages / Numbers / Keynote - I use them, but some folks stick with Microsoft. That's a good amount of space to be saved right there, as they all come pre-installed, along with templates and helper files stored in the /Library/.

Nov 30th, 2015, 05:28 PM
Just a heads up on using Monolingual, and I do and have done for ages, even though it can be one of the safest, do read its Info page and some Apps like MS Office and Adobe software suites should be added to its protected exemption Preferences list otherwise they won't update correctly and will need to be reinstalled to do so.

I haven't done all the latest OS X installs, but the last time I did a OX X 10.9.x clean install, there was no sign of any printers being added which was a nice change and I believe it remains that way.

Unfortunately, even if one get's their printer(s) setup, Software Update will often still come up later, and especially for HP printers, will try and install about 500-700MB of almost every printer and image HP has ever made, unless one prevents it from being installed or bothers clearing out all the their surplus printing/scanning stuff. A real fiddly, time consuming PITA!!!

Dec 3rd, 2015, 07:23 PM
Just got my new MBP this evening. Working through setup. First thing was, I couldn't find a way in El Capitan to permanently show the Library in the Home folder. The method explained in several places don't work as there is no checkbox for Show Library. I had to first drag my Home Folder to the sidebar and then go to View Options to Show Library. I also notice with El Capitan, the Library folder on my Clone on my external drive is not showing either. Not sure how to get that to show.
I just started up Mail and, for some strange reason, it automatically detected my 2 Gmail accounts. I found that strange with a new System.