Disk Doctor for the Mac has been downloaded about a quarter of a million times, so somebody likes using it. Does Disk Doctor do something to fix your Mac’s disk as the name implies? Or, is the app’s name just plain wrong when compared to the functionality?
The implication with Disk Doctor is that it does a few things to diagnose and improve your Mac storage device’s performance.
While it may have good intentions, and a clean Mac probably works better, Disk Doctor probably should be renamed Disk Janitor.
What does it do? Doctoring? No. Disk Doctor takes out the trash and empties app logs and cache files.
Does that sound like a doctor? Or, a janitor?
Disk Doctor doesn’t check your Mac’s disk drive, either HDD or SSD, for anything other than files that need to be trashed.
Granted, those files take up space, but don’t really hinder performance much.
Even the Disk Doctor site says the app is a professional disk cleaning app. It’s a janitorial app, not an app that doctors.
Yes, is scans your Mac’s files, and can easily save a few gigabytes by deleting log files you don’t need, cache files that are useless, even browser data you don’t want others to see. It lists large files that take up the most space, and it can get rid of pesky language packs that never get used.
But it doesn’t doctor anything. It cleans. The interface is clean and professional, like a doctor should be. Simple buttons toggle on and off for specific cleaning chores, and the app is fast and user friendly.
There’s just no doctoring going on. It’s a popular janitorial app.