Clear out old windows bits

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wheaty, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Wheaty macrumors regular

    Wheaty

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    #1
    Hello

    I moved to the Mac side back in 2009 from Ms XP
    spotted a thumbs.db (index for viewing small thumbnails in windows folders) in one of my image folders, obviously a few years old...I just copied my old hard drive on to my mini, and deleted the bits I didn't need. seemed a good idea at the time...:rolleyes:

    So a quick search later, I found 50Megs worth of the pesky things... Ok its not a huge space saving, but what else may I have lurking?

    before I get search happy, is there a quicker way?

    Automator script?
    freebie program?
    anything else?

    Cheers for any suggestions

    Wheaty
     
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Leave it alone unless you are positive its not needed, 50Mb is trivial and an obsessive search and destroy will eventually lead to you deleting a 1Kb file that then trashes your Mac :eek:

    It goes without saying, so I'll say it, anything you do put in the trash, leave there for a week or two before removing permanently.
     
  3. Wheaty thread starter macrumors regular

    Wheaty

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    #3
    I had thought about that, but It really buggs me when I scroll through a folder to get some daft bit of windows sat there.
    As all the Mac stuff is in the right places the rest should be my creations/ downloads etc..

    I've got them all in the trash anyway, just in case. Good tip.. I do it with everything.

    Wheaty
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    I know what you mean I'm sure I've got a fair bit of XP crud lying around from 2 years ago when I moved and some of that dating from prior XP systems, might be 10 years old
     

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