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    free space cleaner for Mac OS X?

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    free space cleaner for Mac OS X?
    Does anyone know of a good "free space cleaner" that works on Mac OS X?
    Thanks!

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    What is a "free space cleaner?" Can you describe what it is you want to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlegazelle View Post
    Does anyone know of a good "free space cleaner" that works on Mac OS X?
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    The Trash can.

    Put what you don't want in there and empty it and voila... more HD space is available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlegazelle View Post
    Does anyone know of a good "free space cleaner" that works on Mac OS X?
    TechTool Pro has a Wipe Free Space routine, with three options, one of which uses the method required by the U.S. Department of Defense. That should be good enough, eh? Of course, TTP does not come without a cost...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    TechTool Pro has a Wipe Free Space routine, with three options, one of which uses the method required by the U.S. Department of Defense. That should be good enough, eh? Of course, TTP does not come without a cost...
    "Disk Utility" that's part of the Mac OS does the same thing.

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    OmniDiskSweeper, Omni apps came preinstalled with some of the earlier macs

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    free space cleaner for Mac OS X?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobross View Post
    OmniDiskSweeper, Omni apps came preinstalled with some of the earlier macs
    I'm curious..what do you consider "earlier macs"?

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    I'm assuming he's referring to Tiger or earlier since that's the last time Macs came bundled with Omni software.

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    free space cleaner for Mac OS X?

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    Thanks to all of you for your responses. Here's what I did:

    I used Mac Disk Utility to erase free disk space (thanks Nick). To erase free disk space:

    In Disk Utility, select the disk or volume in the list with the free space you want to erase.Click Erase, and then click the Erase Free Space button.
    Select how to erase the free space, and then click Erase.

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    Yeah, sorry. My wife has a MBP w/ Tiger. I tease her about her "old" computer, and she teases me back about being a bit of a geek. I should have said 'with Tiger', instead of 'earlier Macs'. It just spilled out. An unconscious habit I suppose. For the record, as a Tiger user she loves her mac and would never switch, but she is totally unimpressed w/ Leopard and Snow Leopard. To each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobross View Post
    Yeah, sorry. My wife has a MBP w/ Tiger. I tease her about her "old" computer, and she teases me back about being a bit of a geek. I should have said 'with Tiger', instead of 'earlier Macs'. It just spilled out. An unconscious habit I suppose. For the record, as a Tiger user she loves her mac and would never switch, but she is totally unimpressed w/ Leopard and Snow Leopard. To each their own.
    The reason why I asked what you consider an "older mac"...some folks think last years computer is "old or older"...and some other folks think 5 years is old, and still others may think 10 years is old...it's all relative.

    Thanks for your reply,

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    The reason why I asked what you consider an "older mac"...some folks think last years computer is "old or older"...
    Some people think last month's computer is "old or older".
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlegazelle View Post
    I used Mac Disk Utility to erase free disk space (thanks Nick). To erase free disk space:

    In Disk Utility, select the disk or volume in the list with the free space you want to erase.Click Erase, and then click the Erase Free Space button.
    Select how to erase the free space, and then click Erase.
    Good job! As you probably found...Disk Utility is capable of doing an "over-write free space" operation where it can do a 1, 7, or 35 times over-write of the free space by writing zero's to the disk. With the 7x overwrite exceeding the US DOD (Department of Defense) specification for security.

    Of course the 7x & 35x overwrite takes that many times longer to complete vs. the 1x.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    free space cleaner for Mac OS X?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D3v1L80Y View Post
    Some people think last month's computer is "old or older".
    Now you're just trying to get me started!!!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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