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jshelton
Feb 2, 2009, 08:30 AM
Listen folks. I am still stuggling with understanding external hard drives and backing up data. I have had my MB for 7 months and I have downloaded a ton of programs here and there that I ended up removing. I have all kinds of little stray files in Finder. I have wanted to do an "Erase and Install" for a while now but I am nervous about losing some applications like Office.

I want to start with a fresh system and have on the programs that I use, Handbrake, Office, VLC, Transmission, etc. I have my system backed up with Time Machine. What steps do I take to get the "fresh system", or is it a bad idea? Please help me out here...



GroovyLinuxGuy
Feb 2, 2009, 08:41 AM
I have wanted to do an "Erase and Install" for a while now but I am nervous about losing some applications like Office.


I would just do an erase and install. I know that there are/is programs out there to clean up all those stray files, but I can't remember the name(s) off-hand (sorry, still working on 1st cup of coffe today).

Why would you be afraid of losing office? Do you not have the original disks? Just copy over your documents/photos/misic/etc somewhere safe and you should be good to go...

jshelton
Feb 2, 2009, 09:04 AM
Anyone know what programs can remove stray files?

...or should I try an Erase and Install?

Scottological
Feb 2, 2009, 06:20 PM
Look for a program called TidyUp. It'll cost you $30, but it's well worth it. Gets rid of redundant files, etc.

Mikey B
Feb 2, 2009, 08:07 PM
I like AppZapper (http://www.appzapper.com/). It costs $12.95 but you can use it several times before you have to pay.

jshelton
Feb 3, 2009, 12:46 PM
Is an Erase and Install necessary like it is for Windows? I know with Windows it really helped to reformat the HD once or twice a year.

GroovyLinuxGuy
Feb 4, 2009, 08:22 AM
Is an Erase and Install necessary like it is for Windows? I know with Windows it really helped to reformat the HD once or twice a year.

No, you shouldn't need to do re-installs on your Mac like you do on windows.

Stachelsk
Feb 4, 2009, 09:00 AM
No, you shouldn't need to do re-installs on your Mac like you do on windows.

Right.

Things to do:
- Download "Onyx", delete all cache/temp files, run all weekly/monthly/yearly scripts.
- Open /Users/(You)/Library/Preferences ... look through for old preference files.
- Go through /Applications/, see if you don't use any of them anymore.
- /Library/Receipts is probably safe to delete (I'd backup first to be sure)
- Use FontBook and trash and old/different language fonts you don't want
- Go through your own documents!

Should clear up quite a bit of space.

jshelton
Feb 4, 2009, 09:16 AM
Thanks guys. I downloaded Onyx a month or so ago, but I was nervous about using it. I didn't want to screw anything up. I finally got everything backed up with TM though. I used a program (can't remember the name) a while back to delete all other languages which gave me some space. I'll give Onyx another shot.

What exactly are the Library/Receipt files?

scienide09
Feb 4, 2009, 09:17 AM
I like AppZapper (http://www.appzapper.com/). It costs $12.95 but you can use it several times before you have to pay.

AppCleaner (http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/) does must the same thing, but it's free.

Stachelsk
Feb 4, 2009, 04:56 PM
Thanks guys. I downloaded Onyx a month or so ago, but I was nervous about using it. I didn't want to screw anything up. I finally got everything backed up with TM though. I used a program (can't remember the name) a while back to delete all other languages which gave me some space. I'll give Onyx another shot.

What exactly are the Library/Receipt files?

Old setup/update files that just rot on your hard drive.

Pacer69
Feb 4, 2009, 08:12 PM
also run DeLocalizer it is free. Also delete your printer files or when you reinstall the system, do a custom install and don't check the printers and languages box -- that should save you a couple gigs of crap off your system

jshelton
Feb 5, 2009, 08:16 AM
also run DeLocalizer it is free. Also delete your printer files or when you reinstall the system, do a custom install and don't check the printers and languages box -- that should save you a couple gigs of crap off your system

I know this article is for Tiger, but is this printers and languages you are referring to? I can uncheck those?


http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1442

Pacer69
Feb 5, 2009, 01:06 PM
I know this article is for Tiger, but is this printers and languages you are referring to? I can uncheck those?


http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1442

Yeah. Printers and languages. If it doesn't let you do a custom intall, then you can probably trash them manually from your Hard Drive folder.