Getting my Mac back on track
January 4, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
New Year's Resolution: Clean up my hard drive(s) by removing duplicate files, implementing a new folder hierarchy, and any other odds and ends I need you to tell me to do. Mac Pro 2009 running the latest pre-Lion OS.
posted by Admiral Haddock to computers & internet (10 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
1. Remove duplicate files. Years of somewhat manic backup strategies left me with multiple copies of entire user directories on different media. I disposed of the media in 2010 (mostly Zip disks), and aggregated all the files on a couple hard drives, but I really don't need five identical folders of my high school English papers.
Please recommend a Mac duplicate file finder that doesn't just match by name and date stamp (some files seem to have different attributes, but are the same). I am happy to pay for this.
2. New folder hierarchy. I think my "system" doesn't make any sense. Under users/AdmiralHaddock/, I've segregated files among "Word Documents" and "Excel Documents" and a couple other similarly large categories.
I'm not sure why I did this, because "Word Documents" (for whatever reason) contains the folders "Work" and "School" but also "Faxes, Scans, and Screen Shots" and "Graphic Design." I have no idea what's in the "Excel Documents" folder; it's been so long that I think spiders live in there.
Can you recommend a hierarchy or filing system for my "Documents" folder? I realize that how one organizes your files is an inherently personal thing--but I'm hoping for a grand Dewey Decimal kind of framework that I can adapt to put files into a rational hierarchy.
3. General Care and Maintenance. I have a Time Machine backup that backs up every 15 minutes, and I also have 2 SuperDuper! external clones (one of which I intend to start storing off site).
Beyond that, I don't do any kind of maintenance.
What should I be doing? I would prefer not to have to do anything in the Terminal--but I seem to remember something a while back about setting up cron jobs for various daily, weekly, and monthly UNIX thingies that were good for happy computers. I'm willing to pay for a program that does the right kind of maintenance (or maybe do it myself, but you'll have to talk me through it as if I were a slightly below average ferret).