Most of those apps are not helpful, but may provide a bit of peace of mind for newcomers to the Mac. One such utility is Disk Xray which presents a more polished interface– easier on the eyes and the clicks– to help keep your Mac trim, svelte, and running well.
I’m All About That Basic
Other that disk permissions repair and disk repair, Apple does not say much about what needs to be cleaned; if anything at all. I take that silence to mean ‘Don’t fix what ain’t broke.’
Still, utilities like Disk Xray have a user base and for a few good reasons. This app scans files on the Mac so you know what’s gobbling up your precious SSD storage.
It also finds duplicate files during the scan; files you may not need. And, finally, it cleans. This one bothers me a bit because the claim is that your Mac performs better if you get rid of rubbish files that are not needed.
That’s probably not the case. Most of those temporary files, log files, downloaded files, browser caches, app caches, and other clutter just sit there. They take up space, yes, but hinder your Mac’s performance? No.
What I do like about Disk Xray is how it works and how it’s likely to make you feel.
The interface is straightforward. Select Scanner, Duplicates, or Cleanup from the upper toolbar. Then select a location (folders) and what to display. The scan won’t take long and results are displayed below.
What you’ll see is a snapshot of the files land their sizes and how much of your Mac’s storage is being used for each. Use the Preview function to view specific files, or simply select and click to delete.
There’s no magic to it. Disk Xray is simple enough to use. The only question is, “Do you need to use it?” The answer depends. If your Mac has an SSD inside, then storage likely is limited, so finding duplicate files, purging logs and cache files can be a good thing and free up some valuable space. Ditto for duplicate files.
Will your Mac run better? Not likely. Apple builds into OS X the ability to clean up cache and log files (some of which you can do manually in the browser Preference settings). But none of the manual methods are as simple or as much fun as Disk Xray and other cleaning utilities. At the very least, your hard earned money will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something worthy.