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Old 10-28-2007, 01:42 PM   #1
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I just downloaded a trial copy of the $30 disk clean-up tool Tidy Up! from Hyperbolic Software.

It seems to work all right, though I will need to be certain before letting it rampage through all my files. (It will work on a specific volume or computer or on any linked volumes.)

Anyone have any experience with this? Any other similar software?

   
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Anyone have any experience with this? Any other similar software?
There are quite a few Windows programs, and of course there is Clean-up Manager in Windows XP: I've used it several times in attempts to stop my puny hard disk from getting full. The trouble with most of those programs is that most of them put one in an agony of indecision.

   
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:23 AM   #3
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I just downloaded a trial copy of the $30 disk clean-up tool Tidy Up! from Hyperbolic Software.

It seems to work all right, though I will need to be certain before letting it rampage through all my files. (It will work on a specific volume or computer or on any linked volumes.)

Anyone have any experience with this? Any other similar software?
No experience with this. I sometimes do some cleanup by hand, though.

It seems to me that these tools have some danger of removing something important to an application with an unusual file extension. Before running, I would suggest a full backup with a software tool that lets you do a restore of particular files.
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It seems to me that these tools have some danger of removing something important to an application with an unusual file extension. Before running, I would suggest a full backup with a software tool that lets you do a restore of particular files.
Oh, yes — that is a given.

My problem is that over the years I have just copied files from one computer to the next without cleaning up. The drives keep getting bigger, and it was always the easy way to go. But now I have iterations and reiterations of the same files as I merged more and more computers.

Now is it just plain silly. I thought a utility would give me a list of duplicates, and I could dump a bunch of them. We shall see. I get a short trial with this thing.

   
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Duplicates are the easiest to discard if the byte counts are the same, and your procedure ought to recognize that. The hard part is in decided what to actually discard, and that is no easier than it was when deciding to discard paper copies that you had been keeping for years.

   
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The only similar thing I've used was a freeware utility, called--IIRC--"Unilingual", which goes through your system folders and removes foreign language files (Serbo-Croat, Finnish, Swahili, Klingon, etc.).

I saw it recommended in a MacWorld magazine article. I ran it and it caused no grief.
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The only similar thing I've used was a freeware utility, called--IIRC--"Unilingual", which goes through your system folders and removes foreign language files (Serbo-Croat, Finnish, Swahili, Klingon, etc.).

I saw it recommended in a MacWorld magazine article. I ran it and it caused no grief.
It breaks Acrobat. At least it broke version 7.
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