How do i delete all my aliases?

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  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

    macuser1232

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    Hey I was wondering how I delete all the aliases on my macbook pro. I feel that they are taking up a huge chunk of my hard drive memory. Also how would i delete tons of repeated files that are all the same name? like .xml's,.html's,etc.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Go to Finder, press CMD+F, when "Kind" is visible, select "Other" in the second drop down menu. Enter alias into the search field next to it.

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    Btw, "memory" is not the same as "hard drive capacity":
    It is recommended, to have 10 to 20 % of the SSD/HDD's capacity unused.
    The above links also apply to SSDs.
     
  3. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks but it didn't give me any aliases. It just gave a couple Adobe files that weren't aliases.
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Aliases take up no more than 4KB/8KB of space. That means that 1000 of them would take up only about 8MB at most, so chances are you're not losing any significant amount of space to aliases. Your best bet to save space is to use a program like GrandPerspective, DaisyDisk, or OmniDiskSweeper to identify where space is being used.

    jW
     
  5. brand macrumors 601

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    I think you might be confused or have no idea what you are talking about. Care to go into further detail about what you are wanting to do, why you are wanting to do it, and what gave you the idea that you needed to do it.
     
  6. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    macuser1232

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    We'll i'm trying to free up hard drive space and I came along all these files that have the same name in Finder so I clicked on some and some of them said alias so I knew they were taking up space. So what i want to do is delete all aliases of things and all repeated files so i can free up space.
     
  7. Mal macrumors 603

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    Never, ever, delete files you didn't create. The files you're talking about you likely don't even want to think about deleting, because you're likely to screw up your computer. Instead, do what I suggested in my last post and you'll find you can free up a lot more space much easier.

    jW
     
  8. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Classic!
     

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