OS X :: Why Doesn't Mac Delete Unnecessary Files After Removing Programs
Aug 18, 2009
It seems that whenever I uninstall an application, there is always an empty folder of the program I uninstalled in Library>Application Support and possibly others. Why wouldn't OS X delete those automatically after I uninstalled them? They obviously don't take up too much space cause it's just an empty folder, but why doesn't os x automatically delete it?
I want to move my imovie files over to the room I have on my spare hard drive. I'm down to only 24 GB on my macbook pro, because of this big project I just finished. Is there a way for me to move all of the files I no longer need? Also, if I have to access them, how easy is this? I have a macbook pro.
I installed Toast and realised I may as well just use the built in burning functionality. So I moved the whole Toast folder to the trash, but when I right click on files the "Toast it" command is still there. What's the best way to uninstall software that doesn't have a built in uninstaller?
My imac g5 osx 10.5.8 is running slow and getting froze alot some programs just take forever. If someone knows how to remove programs safely could you please help me. I don't want to make a mistake that's unfixable. Like, i.e ( operating firefox now ,but i have a safari app. Do i need safari ? Am i even running that at all ?) Also i have 4 dvd players-imovie,dvd player,mac the ripper and front row do i need all them ?And quicktime but running bit torrent.
I just purchased a new Imac and am looking to sell my old 17 white intel Imac. I have all the updated software(snow leopard, Ilife 09). I was going to sell on craigslist to stranger but now looks like a family member will buy. What is the best way to delete my info but being able to keep 3rd party programs and music on the machine. Also if I just choose to do a complete install instead do I use the snow leopard disc or the disc that came with the machine which it had Tiger on it.
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.
To make it short: On my iMac i have 2 partitions, 1 with Leopard installed, the other one with Snow Leopard on. Now, I'd want to use the Snow Leo partition as the system partition, and use the other as an archive... How can I remove all Mac OS X files from the partition without formating it? There is some app.. or something similar?
My System: Mac Mini running OSX 10.5.8. This is a Pentium processor based device and I have 1 gb of ram a 60 gig hard drive and using a seagate 1.5 TB external for all my media and documents. I am also using a windows system keyboard and mouse (I just replaced my old windows system with the Mac Mini). I have two mp3 players: The first one is made by LG (its sold under a different brand name but it was built by LG) the device shows in the finder's "get info" as MS-DOS (FAT32) format and has 4gb storage space. The other is sold under the Disney brand name the format is MS-DOS (FAT16) it has 1gb of storage space.
I am using each as a USB mass storage when adding and removing mp3 files. I am used to doing this in the windows environment, and I realize that the OSX environment is not the same so I am confused as to how I can successfully delete files from the devices and add new files to the devices. So far this is what I am doing
1. Tether device with USB cable. 2. Open device in Finder window. 3. Highlight files I would like to remove then select "move to trash". 4. Select "empty trash" to clear space on device.
At this point the finder window will show the space has been freed on the device for me to add new files. When I attempt to do so the device says there is not enough free space to do so. Please save the "get an ipod" comments. These devices are for my 10 year old and 8 year old, they were gifts they received and I am not going to buy a new device for them.
I have a MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard 10.6.2. I have two folders A and B on airport drives. I wish that Folder B be an exact copy of folder A. Chronosync is installed on my computer. My problem is that folder B contains files which are not on folder A. I can't seem to find a setting on chronosync to remove same, I know it should be a simple thing to do.
So I have just received my Mackbook back from an Apple store as I tried to install windows via Boot camp assistant. Turns out all my files are still intact however now, all my files have a copy of themselves. For example if I look into my music folder, take the band Radiohead for instance, all of there songs have a copy i.e. 01- Everything in its right place - 01.flac and in the same folder aslso contains 01 - Evrything in its right place.
As you can imagine having everything duplicated has taxed my disk space to the point where I have less than 2GB left and can't update the software for apple.
My question is what would be the easiest way to deal with this and delete the additional copies of everything? I was hoping they would be a better way than going through everything
as an extension to my question regarding RAM utilization, I've decided to upgrade my RAM. I went through the process of removing the underside of my MBP. After taking the screws out and mentally marking which slot they came out of (some are of different size), I pulled the lid up at the black trim area (the "neck" of the display mount) as this was the easiest way to get a non-damaging grip on the metal underside -- read: I avoided using a screw driver on the lid. As I started to lift, I was surprised at the amount of force I needed to use in order to remove the lid; something near the center of the cover was still holding the lid to the underside of the body. In fact, the amount of force I needed to use made me pause to question if I missed an important step other than simply removing the screws. I decided to "go for it" and applied more pressure while pulling the lid up and away from the body and heard a "pop" noise.
I am still using Tiger. Down to about 15% (17 of 104GB) free space on hard drive and looking to unload unnecessary stuff. /Library/Printers (3GB): I assume I can safely get rid of everything related to printers I do not use.... /Library/Audio/Apple Loops (3GB): of stuff for GarageBand and iLife, which I never use... /Library/Application Support: another 3GB of stuff for GarageBand and iLife... (in fact, can I simply Spotlight for GarageBand and iLife and remove almost everything associated?) Any reasons I should not delete the above? Anything else I should consider deleting? (The big hog is Parallels, but I use that daily). I have pared Documents to the essentials.