How to properly remove JUNK and clutter from your Mac computer

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  1. mac000 macrumors 6502a

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    I want to know how to properly remove junk build up/clutter/garbage from my Mac. Every now and then a computer will start to run akwardly/sluggish/strange behavior and i want to give it that kick in the right direction like it was the first day i got it. Maybe its crap i downloaded that makes it funk up or just haivng it sleep for a couple of days, but i just want to know what the heck am i suppose to do when i come across this situation...
     
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    MainMenu.app

    Fantastic and free and univeral binary

    http://www.santasw.com/

    You can also search with Spotlight for
    Garage Band Demo Songs
    iDVD Themes
    iWork Demo
    MS Office 30 day trial

    and trash those to free up a few GB's of HD space.
     
  3. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    to tell u the truth its my 2.16 c2d mbp, after a few weeks of use it runs like it has "drains that are clogged". i had to restart twice then shut down and turn on again because the fans were running too intensley while in clamshell mode.
     
  4. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sometimes when i back up some dvds i will close toast and i notice a big piece of my HD is missing and i would have to restart and find "recovered" files in m trash can with the backup dvd contents and i delete them then. its almost like they were hiding before i restarted because i couldn't find those contents anywhere.
     
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Make sure that you're not keeping a bunch of large files on your desktop
    or putting files where they don't belong.

    Use your home folder to keep everything organized in it's proper place.

    Make sure that you are actually quitting apps that you're not using at the moment.

    Most of all, add RAM if you're not up to 2 GB installed.
     
  6. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Yea, you need to remember that each app takes up it's own large share of virtual memory that is taking up space on your HDD...
     
  7. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    you knwo what, occasionally i keep rather large files on my desktop 1-10 gbs. putting those files in my home folder will make a difference youre saying?
     
  8. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Yup!

    Those big files should be burned to DVD or saved to an external drive anyway.

    For things you need to sort later, I'd create a " STORAGE " Folder in your
    HD Volume and keep everything there until you have time to file it away, burn it to disk or trash it.

    How much HD space do you still have free with everything you've got on your machine?

    It may be time for you to buy a good fast external back-up drive.

    Those .toast back-up copies take up a huge amount of space.

    They need to be stored on a back-up drive just in case your back-up DVD is lost or damaged.
     
  9. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Search spotlight for " Packages "

    Those are copies of all your OS update installers and Apple application update installers.

    Burn all of those to disc in case you need to re-configure your system.

    While you're gathering installers, look for all your installer .dmgs
    and use Text Edit to create Authorization code .rtfs of any authorization codes.

    I always create a new installer folder for each application I've downloaded
    and drop in a Text Edit .rtf of the appropriate authorization so they're
    always together.

    If you have Stuffit Deluxe installed, you can also compress any of your larger files before you put them away.
     

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