8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2009 3:53 PM by the deebs
elizabethc3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How do you clean up the hard drive? I know how to do it for a PC, but haven't needed to do it yet for mac.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (260,655 points)
    If you mean defragment a hard drive, then there's no real need to do so. OS X defrags all files under 20 MBs on the fly. Furthermore, OS X's filesystem minimizes the effects of fragmentation, and today's hard drives are much faster so there's little loss in performance caused by fragmentation until the drive becomes nearly filled. At that point, however, fragmentation would be the least of your concern.
  • elizabethc3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't mean defragmenting really. I mean getting rid of the junk files that tend to accumulate in your computer.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (260,655 points)
    Drag them to the Trash and empty the Trash. What program would you hope to find that would know what junk files you've accumulated?
  • elizabethc3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    On a pc, there is an application called "disk clean up" which checks for unused temporary files, temporary internet files, broken links, etc. Is there anything comparable on a Mac?
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (260,655 points)
    It's not much needed as such cleanups are performed automatically by the Unix maintenance scripts that run daily, weekly, and monthly.

    You'll need to get used to the idea this is not Windows.
  • 1000rr04 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I did not know that. this was informative. thank you.
  • Peter Campbell Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    I think it is possible that those unix scripts don't get run on a computer that is not left on all the time. MacJanitor is a shareware app that lets you run that stuff whenever you care to.
  • the deebs Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    S'easy peasy in Terminal and there are ways and means to change the default settings.

    I'm surprised that a Mac guru has not drifted details into this thread.

    sudo (super user do?) is a very powerful command and MacJanitor allows a neat stepping stone into doing things Mac way.

    Be bold, be positive ... now where is that Mac guru? Have you tried your local Mac shop?