Is my Mac really 'Clean'?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ShrubbySoup, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. ShrubbySoup macrumors regular

    ShrubbySoup

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    Hi,
    I was wondering, after deleting Steam, i still had all of my games and preference info still on my SSD. Is it possible that when i delete other apps their preferences or files still get left behind? I'm new to the mac filesystem so i don't really know where to look, compared to pc anyway. Also is there a App that could do this process for me, because this would save me plenty of time i'm sure, Thanks ShrubbySoup
     
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  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    The other thing to note is that on Windows, all settings are kept in one big file, called the Registry. If there's a problem with one setting, then the whole thing goes.
    On OS X, each app's prefs are in a separate file. At worst, they will just sit there not being used.
     
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    With Windows, I had developed a fool-proof way of dealing with this by maintaining full image backups using Ghost. OS on a separate partition of its own, so at any given time, I can "Go Back" very quickly without thinking, without having to research, time consuming what's wrong blah-blah.

    With OSX, I have starting going that route via Carbon Copy. I know, there are other ways, "less drastic" shall we say, but storage is cheap. Just a couple of months ago, somehow OSX, or whatever App I installed, created a GUEST, or there was already a GUEST account but it was disabled by default, and all of a sudden on the logon screen, GUEST account was enabled! Did not like that at all, so I just pulled my CC backup, and was back to where I like to be within 20 minutes, No Thinking.
     
  6. smokeyrabbit macrumors 6502

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    System Preferences>Users & Groups>Guest User>Uncheck the box that allows Guests to log into this computer. Takes about 1 minute ;)
     
  7. Silvereel macrumors 6502

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    Or you could just ignore it. A worst, we're talking about five or ten megabytes here, I think.
     

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