Spring Cleaning your Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by AlBDamned, May 27, 2005.

  1. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

    AlBDamned

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    So, after a hectic few months, I've now got some time to do much needed tidying up of my work environment, including the usual paperwork and, more relevant, my Mac.

    I think there must be dozens of small files, dupes etc, that I can get rid of here. Anyone got any suggestions for making a Mac hardrive ship-shape and trimming any unneccesary little bits that are bound to have built-up in regular use?

    AL
     
  2. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    1. Repair permissions.

    2. Check hard disk for errors.

    3. Delete any files you haven't used in the past 3 months. Or, if you want to keep them, invest in an external drive and store them as a backup off of the main hard disk.
     
  3. JD92 macrumors 6502a

    JD92

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    I'm a total noob, how would you do 1 & 2 baummer?
     
  4. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    Both 1 & 2 can be performed by going into Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility. More here: link
     
  5. Yaja123 macrumors regular

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    buy this month macformat!! (im not in anyway connected)

    its totally dedicated to spring cleaning ur mac... lots of free progs etc. - i brought it to clean my mac and get into good habits

    i just subscribed on the back of reading/using the issue.... im new to mac so figured ill learn alot quick in monthly installements

    u wont be dissappointed - has macjanitor on it that performs the maintenance tasks fo you.
     
  6. neildmitchell macrumors 6502a

    neildmitchell

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    backup all files using Retrospect or Apple Backup (.mac feature)
    Run something along the lines of Symantec Systemworks
    (defrag and scan/repair utility)
     
  7. neocell macrumors 65816

    neocell

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    Click on "Macintosh HD" then "applications" then "utilities" then "Disk Utility.app". You can then check drives for errors and repair permissions with that application
     
  8. munkle macrumors 68030

    munkle

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    You could also try OmniDiskSweeper to scan your hard drive, making it easy to locate any unwanted files eating up valuable space.

    A proper spring clean would of course be a clean install of Tiger! ;) :p
     
  9. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

    Plymouthbreezer

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    So true... Things run so much better with a clean install. :cool:
     

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