Let’s face it, free space of hard drives is getting lower and lower all the time, and you Mac is running extremely slow and what’s worst, it might even freeze during your working. We still don’t want them to be full of extra, unnecessary files, though! Luckily there’s a quick and easy way you can free up a whopping 3 gigabytes.
Do you believe that Printer Drivers might have taken 3 gigabytes of space which is of great importance to us?
Yes, printer drivers! We all typically only have one printer or tend to stick to one brand of printer. However, in order to satisfy different demands of people, Mac OS X comes with a whopping 3 gigabyte of printer drivers for all sorts of models. This is so that when you buy a printer, you can get up and running instantly without having to download and install a driver. If you are convinced, however, that you’re never going to need drivers for a different brand of printer, you can safely delete those belonging to other brands.
After deleting extra printer drivers, you are able to decide whether it is the right thing for you to do this. We are not responsible if you accidentally delete an essential file (although it is possible to recover from almost any situation!) If you are going to need a wide collection of printer drivers and you’re not sure you’ll be able to download them, you might want to skip this tutorial. But for 99% of users this isn’t the case.
You might wanna to check how much space the Printer folder is using (or any other folder, for that matter), you can use “Get Info” (Cmd+I while a folder is selected, or right click and choose “Get Info.”) On a full Printers folder this gives the following result:
Even if you leave a few different manufacturers' drivers intact, you're still going to be walking away with a free gigabyte or two! For example, the Xerox folder is 207 megabytes (approx), Lexmark is 311 megabytes, and EPSON is a whopping 1.41 gigabytes on its own!
If you really want to save disk space for other important files, this way is worth trying.
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