Mac Spring Cleaning - Tips?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by craig1410, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. craig1410 macrumors 65816

    craig1410

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2007
    Location:
    Scotland
    #1
    Hi,

    I've got a 2007 Aluminium iMac and I've noticed these last few weeks that it is spinning the beach ball a bit more than before and has to have a little think about things when I ask it to do something from time to time.

    Time for a spring clean I think. :D

    So, can anyone point a tech-savvy person towards some good articles or forum threads on how to get my Mac operating again as it should?

    My machine was running Tiger when I bought it and was upgraded to Leopard then Snow Leopard. I've never done a reinstall and to be honest I was hoping I wouldn't have to. I'm 100% comfortable with messing with files, folders, plists and pretty much anything else on the Mac. If I'm honest I'm just looking for a cheat sheet for regaining performance on my machine without having to figure it out for myself... :eek:

    Thanks in advance for any help,
    Craig.
     
  2. moez macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2007
    #2
    Hi Craig

    I also have a 2007 MBP which had 2 upgrades from Tiger.

    When I upgraded to an SSD, I saw that my Library folder was around 12gb in size and was not getting the full benefits of SSD which had been advertised. 2gb were for email database but I had no idea of other 10gb...

    The best I found was to re-install and start afresh with new installs and just the apps I needed.

    I used an application which copied folder names into a text file. I formatted the computer and picked and chose the applications I wanted to reinstall.

    Used TimeMachine to copy My Documents folder back and done.

    Just keep in mind I used Firefox sync which copied my bookmarks, history etc. (although Add-Ons had to be reinstalled).

    Couldn't have been happier to just format it rather than messing around.
     
  3. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2008
    Location:
    United States
  4. navt macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    #4
    DaisyDisk seems to give a good indication of where all those missing GBs are going.
     
  5. macman716 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Location:
    Buffalo NY
    #5
    Will have to look into that thanks!
     
  6. komseban macrumors member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    #6
    CleanMyMac cleans too much.
     
  7. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

    CaptMurdock

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Location:
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    #7
    Disk Inventory X does this as well, with a nice graphical "treemap" that shows you what kinds of files are clogging up your drive.
     
  8. SquishyNoodles macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2011
    #8
    I also find this is the best way. I had to format my MacBook Pro yesterday because it wasn't shutting down properly (afterwards, I found out it was just one program causing the problem :mad:). Although it probably wasn't entirely necessary, my computer is now running better than when I bought it new around 12 months ago.
     
  9. BigRedOne macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    #9
    +1 for Disk Inventory X. I was able to get rid of a lot of duplicates and I think my computer was faster after wards. But not really sure :), I was just happy to get rid of the excess files.
     
  10. Hastings101 macrumors 68010

    Hastings101

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Location:
    K
    #10
    Repair disk permissions with disk utility, use a program like Disk Genius or Disk Warrior to defragment your hard drive (yes, Macs can suffer from fragmentation over time, albeit at a slower pace than Windows), and run a utility like Onyx to do various maintenance tasks.
     

Share This Page