View Full Version : Spring Cleaning

The Fluffy Duck
20th October 2005, 11:06 AM
Yeah, Ive noticed many people including myself hate macs "hear no evil, see no evil" policy when it comes to getting rid of the remains of programs long since deleted and other issues that arise.
My teacher recomended this softwear but im wondering if anybody else uses it?

Spring Cleaning 7.0 (http://www.allume.com/mac/springcleaning/index.html)

20th October 2005, 01:28 PM
Yeah I've used this in the past but it does nothing you can't do with other shareware/freeware utilities and by yourself. Here's what I do every few months:

You can use Cocktail (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/26516) to perform a lot of 'spring cleaning' type functions, and automate them as well.

If you want to remove all files associated with an application you no longer use, there is usually an installer log file that will tell you every file it put on your hard disk, or you can do a search for the app name to find associated files, or run the installer again - some of them have an 'uninstall' option.

If you're running out of hard disk space, do a search for files >500MB, then files >100Mb, and so on, you may be surprised to find some very large files you don't need any more that you can delete. You can also do a search for files with modification dates earlier than, say, 5 years ago, to see files you haven't touched for years, you may be able to burn them to DVD or delete them.

Then about once a year I install a fresh system, and then just selectively install the apps I want to continue to use, this is like moving to another country, you only bring with you what you absolutely need :)