Thread: powerclean my G4
09-13-2009, 06:20 PM #1
powerclean my G4
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- Sep 13, 2009
I have a;
Power Mac G4
1.25 GHz PowerPC G4
1 MB L3-cache
1.75 GB DDR SDRAM
and i would like to know how to completely powerclean my computer,
i know that most of the things you delete or visit somewhere on the internet, or messenger conversations still get stored somewhere inside your computer, but not possible to find or simply delete.
i want my computer to be faster etc. again because sometimes it's getting a little slower than it used to be. and i heard this could help.
also i maybe want to sell it, so i thought this would be useful then
i dont want to reinstall mac OS X again, because i have many imporant files, photos, memories, ... etc. on my computer and i am too lazy to make a huge backup.
so i was just wondering someone here could help me and give some tips, or maybe knows a good free downloadable software that deletes all the hidden files, messenger history, caches, deleted files, etc..........
Thanks in advance!
09-13-2009, 06:30 PM #2
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- Nov 28, 2007
- Nambucca Heads Australia
- Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
Download Onyx and run that.
Download MainMenu version 1.7.4 which is the freeware version and run that.
MainMenu 1.7.4 for Mac - Free Mac software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
Your browser preferences will also clean caches.
Macaroni is a $10 program that automatically runs daily, weekly and monthly maintenance scripts.
Macaroni | atomicbird
Then do your own research ~ Google helps.
Get an external Firewire drive and back up. Lazy people lose all their data when the drive crashes alas.
09-13-2009, 08:26 PM #3
But consider this...what happens if your hard drive crashes for some unknown reason...either because of "old age", mechanical failure, etc....then what?
Really doing a back up can be as simple as just backing up your most important files that are irreplaceable...such as MS Office documents, photos, videos etc.
Other stuff such as applications, music files, etc....although expensive to replace can be repurchased if absolutely necessary (applications you should have original disks to do a reinstall). But really a full backup should be done just in case of a hard drive crash...which many times you get no warning signs!
Food for thought,
09-13-2009, 11:41 PM #4
09-15-2009, 11:51 PM #5
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- Sep 15, 2009
Buy another hard disk, pull out the twin disk carrier, which has the main drive on it, and screw in your new drive. You can then carbon clone your old and smaller drive to the new drive. You could then format the old drive, and carbon clone the information back. And then you have a clean drive.
If you upgrade to Leopard (Snow won't work), you'll loose the ability to run Classic applications. But if you do go Leopard, you can enable time machine onto that new drive, and then you're data will be secure, and if you do something stupid, time machine can help you get it all back. Time machine needs to be a bigger disk I reckon.
I am doing this to my Dad's computer, although I'm going to had a third drive with an older OSX and OS9.2 on it, so if he needs to run a classic app or boot from os 9 he can. Although he won't ... but I also think a modern boot drive speeds up the machine, and in an old machine, a newer drive is not a bad idea.
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