Removing unused files.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DismantleDesign, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. DismantleDesign macrumors newbie

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    I do not have any programs like App Zapper. I may have deleted one or two apps by dragging them to the trash. Is there a program that seeks out unused files that may have been associated with those apps. I do not remember which apps they were though. Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    The most common file associated with a program is it's preference file. They'll be located in ~/Library/Preferences/. Programs can place files in any number of spots on your hard drive though so I can't give an exhaustive list of places to look. Programs like AppCleaner generally look for the preference file and a couple other things, but it can leave other stuff behind. One good way I found is to search for the name of the app using Finder and making sure the search includes system files. This isn't a 100% method either though.
     
  3. DismantleDesign thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your responses. But they did not answer my question completely.. sorry.

    Thank you angelwatt. I have taken another stroll through my preferences, but there are still some files in there I do not recognize so I do not want to delete them and screw it all up.

    I started using AppCleaner a while ago due to AppZapper costing money. Previous to using AppCleaner I deleted some apps inappropriately, leaving associated files behind. I do NOT remember the names of those programs so I can't find them using finder. I am looking for a program that seeks out individual files that are not associated with any programs or files. A program that knows which files are just there for no reason. Thanks in advance for any more responses.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    There's no program that can decide which files are "necessary" or "unnecessary." You could try a disk inventory visualizer to see if you notice anything that is associated with a non-existent program, or go through your preference lists and applications files to see if you notice anything.
     

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