Giving my mac a good tidy up.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tetsy, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Tetsy macrumors member

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    Hi Guys
    I am wanting to give my mac a good clean and tidy up and delete old files that i don't use or need and hope it speeds it up a little and free's more space.
    I am not sure where to find cache folders and when found if they are safe to delete.
    Any help will be much appreciated.
    Many Thanks.
    Tetsy :)
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68020

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    Try out GrandPerspective for a start.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    They are in two places.

    The first is the main Library folder below. Open Finder and hit shift-command-g then paste in the path below and enter to get to the correct folder. You can delete the entire cache folder contents.

    Code:
    /Library/Caches
    Then repeat the process for the user cache folder at the path below.

    Code:
    ~/Library/Caches
    Afterward reboot the machine and all the cache files will be rebuilt as needed. Any cache folders for old apps you no longer have will of course be gone.
     
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  5. Tetsy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply's and have done what Weaselboy said but when i open finder and under home folder i type in cache 4 folders show up dated a couple of days ago and other documents from the past,i did shut down my mac after i deleted them then turned it back on.
    Have i done this wrong ? or can i just delete the 4 folders and documents also ?.
    Thanks again.
    Tetsy
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You don't need to search, just go straight to the two caches folders I mentioned and delete the contents of those two folders.

    Open Finder then click the Go menu then Go to folder... and past in the two folder paths I gave you to get there.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Weasalboy's advice in post 3 above is good.

    Give it a try.
     
  8. Tetsy thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi
    I have done exactly what weasel boy said and deleted both those folders,But when i type cache in spotlight i still see 1 old cache folder ( cache - research ) should this folder be deleted also or is it needed ?.The other 3 are Album artwork,Clippings and starting points.
    Thanks for your patience.
    Tetsy
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Unless you are sure what those are, I would not mess with them. The bulk of the cache files are in those two folders I mentioned. I see a couple files in an iTunes cache folder (I think that is the one you are seeing in Spotlight).
     
  10. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a

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    I used cleanmymac $37 and it worked well. Removed 4G of stuff off my new imac. So far does not seem to of broke anything. Coming from 10 years of constant mantainanice of my XP I like doing routine cleanups.
     
  11. talmy macrumors 601

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    There are also system caches and databases that can be cleaned up. I've been using the free program Onyx for many years. It seems to know where everything is. Also has lots of "hidden" customizations you can do.
     
  12. chrisperro macrumors 6502

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  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    CleanMyMac is more like TrashMyMac.

    Forum search shows people who had to reinstall osx adter running trash my mac.
     
  14. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a

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    Well worked good for me. Everything zipping along fine. Just checked disk permisions and they are all fine as well. My guess with each new osx release it's prob best to ensure that cleanmhmac guys have worked out all the new bugs before you run it.

    I'm surprised all the apple app developers don't scream louder. Each osx and ios is a total 180 from the one before in regards to how apps work. Every update the developers have to likely spend many hours fixing hundreds of bugs. I would not be a fan of that.
     
  15. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Most app developers don't try to monkey around in the OS files. CleanMyMac and others depend on undefined os features, and it is their own fault if they depend on it.
     
  16. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a

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    can you rephrase? "undefined os features" How do you mean?
     
  17. talmy macrumors 601

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    The problems I've heard with CleanMyMac is in removing foreign language files and other unnecessary(?) files from app packages that turn out to really be necessary. Frankly, deleting 4GB of files on an old MBA with a 64GB SSD might be worth the risk, but on a 1TB iMac (for example) it would only save 0.4% of the disk capacity and I wouldn't take any risk for so little gain.

    Now I'd think that removing all the cruft from uninstalled apps might be worth it, but my understanding is that the performance gain is minimal. Luckily App Store apps seem to only leave stuff in ~/Library/Application\ Support and ~/Library/Preferences so it's pretty easy to clean up manually.
     
  18. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a

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    Ya language files were a large bulk of it. So was old ios versions and app caches. Subsequent scans only found a few megs

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    Maybe your referring to version one. Because googleing cleanmymac 2 for good and bad I don't find much bad. Only good things. I'm sure if I kept digging I can find some bad but from what I see I'm happy with my purchase.
     
  19. Tetsy thread starter macrumors member

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    Many thanks for all your replies,very helpful and eyeopening :)
     

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