Basic Maintenance & Cleaning up MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by silbeej, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. silbeej macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007
    Had a MBP for a while now, and i've found, after i removed all my files, that i'm still using 17.5 GB!! Just wondering if you guys have some tips for removing unwanted junk and cleaning up my MBP ( similar to Defraging and disk cleanup on a windows PC). Just trying to get it in tip top shape without reinstalling OSX.

  2. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    If you still have plenty of Hard Drive space, what is the problem? It shouldn't slow anything down.

    Anyway, you can delete printers you don't need under library-->printers. You can also use a program like Monolingual to strip out language files, but that is unadvised as it can seriously screw up Rosetta if you don't know what you're doing.

    OS X Degrags files under 20mb on the fly, so you don't need to defrag.

    You can use a program like AppZapper to remove preferences files for programs you want to uninstall.
  3. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    Not really necessary to delete all the extras that come with Mac OS X. You never know when you are going to use the printers already installed.

    The only thing I delete is the iWork demo included.

    Download WhatSize, it is an app that tells you what is taking up space in your hard drive, quite useful when wanting to make a clean-up of your HD.
  4. keenkreations macrumors regular

    May 20, 2005
    Whatsize = awesome program. I think of it as the Mac version of TreeSize (which is a pretty good program for Windows).
    And I would also say that Monolingual...use it at your own risk. I used the programand it seriously screwed up my Rosetta programs. I had to re-install Mac OS X. Gah.
  5. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    Monolingual is a fine application. all the people i know who have had problems with it forgot to uncheck the preference that deleted the PowerPC architectures (which is how programs designed for PowerPC chips are translated via Rosetta to work on an Intel machine).

    just make sure that when you have checked all the languages you want under the "languages" tab, you make sure nothing is checked in the "architectures" tab. see attached images for what i'm talking about - Monolingual defaults to deleting all but the Intel architectures. as long as you uncheck everything in that tab, you won't shouldn't have a problem with the system.

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