is it safe to remove this?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by madelyn, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. madelyn macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2010
    Hi everyone i'm fairly new to mac and loving the switch, could you guys maybe tell me if its safe to empty the cache folder ->

    macintosh HD -> Library -> Cache


    macintosh HD -> users -> my user account -> Cache

    do i delete the complete folder (cache) or do i delete whats inside the cache folder?

    What other tips are there to keep my mac clean?

    thnx for all the help
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Why would you delete it? There is no need to mess up with system folders unless you have issues. OS X will delete the files it does not need, do not remove them manually.

    The best way to keep it clean is to think what you download and put in there.
  3. madelyn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2010
    well i read this article in a mac magazine stating that cleaning the cache from time to time makes your computer run faster and smoother:confused:

    but if i understand its not a smart thing to actually do this?
  4. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    The article could have been referring to emptying the cache in Safari.
  5. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I use Yasu about once every three months. IMHO it keeps my 2 year old Mac Pro humming along almost like new. I just suggest after the program reboots your Mac immediately manually reboot again to completely rebuild the shutdown/startup cache.

    You could also use Onyx or Maintenance to do similar things.
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Just let OS X manage it's own caches, and you'll be fine.

    If read through the threads you will find a large number are contain "new to Macs" and "thought I'd clean/optimize my Mac". The phrase "thought I'd clean/optimize my Mac" is another way of saying "Thought I'd much about under the hood, without really knowing what I'm doing."

    The engineers who designed the OS really do think about the possibility that caches might need to be cleaned. So let the OS manage itself, until you are not so new Macs, and at least know how to fix things when you muck them up.

    Are you even making back ups?

    I write this as someone who was new to Macs once, and buggered it up. Now, I don't do anything at all to it. I haven't had a kernel panic on this system (nearly 3 years old) at all. And it runs fine.

    On my lap top if things start to run sluggishly, I "restart" it and do the software updates. Two days ago I restarted it after 39 days of uptime. Runs like new. I don't consciously try for long uptime numbers, I just honestly forget to turn it off.
  7. EmmEff macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Just leave it... OS X is not Windows. It typically does not need babysitting for optimal performance.
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Yeah, you need to lose that Windows mentality. Just use it and enjoy it. Most switchers don't know what to do with the extra free time. I use it to self pleasure myself. :eek:
  9. Kyffin macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Ah, the real reason people make the switch to Mac;)
  10. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    Believe it or not, Mac has optimization scripts that automatically clean up stuff.
  11. snberk103, Dec 31, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010

    snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    ??? :eek:
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It is unclear if you being snarky or what. However, rdowns and Dalton63841 are correct. MacOS X is not Windows. Left to its own devices, MacOS X will take care of itself. The most popular MacOS X maintenance utilities simply run standard UNIX tasks that are run automatically by the OS. This means that they are completely and totally unnecessary. Another task that Windows users find that they must perform often is defragging the hard drive. Again, MacOS X automatically defrags its own hard drive. A third-party defrag utility is unnecessary.

    The bottom line is that futzing with MacOS X is unnecessary. Leave it alone and it will take care of itself.
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Well, if you read my post above ... you'll see that I advised letting OS X take care of itself.....

    Read the last few words in rdowns' post, then last bit from Dalton63841's post. :)

    Please don't make me point out the humour, this is a family place, eh?

    (ps I edited that post to clarify a bit....)

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