Cleaning temporary folders, cache for backup

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by freeballer, May 25, 2013.

  1. freeballer macrumors newbie

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    I'm using ibackup for... well backing up obviously. But running into HUGE filesizes (around 1-1.5gb). I've manually been cleaning program caches afterwards from the backup before zipping. I was wondering if there were not a mac/osx cleaner? I used to use one when I used windows xp.. I think it might help reduce the size, and since ibackup doesn't have an "exclude" function....

    I'd appreciate any input, or suggestions.
    Geo
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process. These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. In fact, deleting some caches can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt. Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance. OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention. For backups, I recommend Carbon Copy Cloner

    You can use version 3.5.1 ($40) or 3.4.7 (free, and works well on OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8).
     
  3. freeballer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well its not so much to increase space on osx, or to run faster. It has more todo with reducing the size of the backup... The only way is to either manually create a shell script or automation (similar to one I created for linux, using tar) or to find another backup program. And most if not all of them cost money $$$
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    You can use the earlier version of CCC. You can also elect to exclude any folders from backing up, if you choose.
     

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