System Maid: July’s Disc of the Month

Nicholas Pyers
25 May, 2009
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System Maid, the July 2009 Disc of the Month, is a collection of over fifty utilities that help improve and maintain peak performace of your Mac by providing Data Backup, Data Recovery and System Customisation tools.

AlienDestroyer: Destroy / Shred / Erase your sensitive Data forever! … with a simple click of a button. Shareware

Amnesia: Remove logs, caches, application support files, preferences, crash reports, and other application specific files. Shareware

AppCleaner: Cleans out files from old applications. Freeware

AppDelete: Delete the application you choose and any associated items (files and folders) that belong to that application. Shareware

Back-In-Time: Offers easy access to all data that was backed up by Time Machine. Shareware

BlueHarvest: Removes hidden files and folders like “.DS_Store” & “.Trashes” from removable disks. Shareware

Boomerang Data Recovery Software: Recover lost data from numerous types of situations including damaged or unmountable drives, deleted files and even RAID volumes. Shareware

CameraSalvage: Retrieve your photos from corrupt or formatted digital camera media. Shareware

Carbon Copy Cloner: Provides an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. Shareware

CheckUp: Checks your disks and memory but also to monitor the usage of CPU, Memory, Disk Drives and Network Adapters. Shareware

Chipmunk: Find duplicates where ever they are, what ever name they have, considering strictly content of the files. Shareware

CleanApp: Analyses, archives and removes old applications found on your Mac. Shareware

CleanMyMac: Combines vital features such as Slim Universal Binaries, Clean Unneeded Languages, Logs Rotation, Clean Caches, Quick and Secure Erase, Application Uninstallation, and Killing Trash Left From Buried Applications. Shareware

Cocktail: Maintenance tools and interface tweaks, all accessible via a graphical interface. Shareware

Compare Folders: Compares two folders and tells you which files are similar, which are unique, and which have been modified. Shareware

Compost: Solves your Trash problems by introducing time limits, size caps and automatic maintenance of trash contents to reserve disk space. Shareware

CopyCatX: Create exact duplicates of your hard drive, Apple iPod, or Mac OS X startup drive. Shareware

DaisyDisk: Free up disk space by quickly finding and deleting big, useless files. Shareware

DasBoot: Turns an external drive in to a diagnostic, repair, and maintenance tool. (Note this application does not work with Mac OS X 10.5) Freeware

Data Rescue II: Recover data from a corrupt hard drive or one that no longer mounts. Demo

Deja Vu: Schedules unattended backups of important folders, or even your entire system. Shareware

Disk Doctors Mac Data Recovery Software: Recovers lost and deleted data from HFS+, HFSX file systems on Mac OS X. Demo

Disk Doctors Photo Recover: Powerful, advanced, yet easy to use recovery software that helps you to recover digital photo, audio and video files even when they are lost, deleted or the memory card, removable media is formatted. Demo

Drive Genius: Maintain, Manage and Optimize your Hard Drive. Demo

File Recovery: Recovers Mac computer’s data from corrupted, deleted, formatted partitions and from crashed drives where Macintosh based file systems are installed. Demo

FileDefense: Protects your personal files. Shareware

FileSalvage: Explore and recover deleted files from a drive or volume. Shareware

Hardware Monitor: Read out all accessible hardware sensors in Macintosh computers. Currently more than 100 different Macintosh hardware sensors and more than 200 hard drive temperature sensors are supported. Shareware

iBench: Performs 21 tests (12 of integer workload and 9 of floating point) of real usage that allow you to check and compare the CPU and memory performance of your Mac. Open Source

Klix: Digital picture recovery software and can recover lost digital pictures after deletion, reformatting or corruption. Shareware

Leopard Cache Cleaner: Improve system performance by tuning internet and file cache settings, implementing ram disks, and cleaning out various cached and stale data. Shareware

Lights Out: Gives users more control over Apple’s Energy Saver and helps solve the problem of Energy Saver insomnia. Shareware

Mac File Recovery: Recover damaged, corrupted and deleted files from HFS, HFS+, HFSX & HFS wrapper Apple OS file systems and more. Shareware

Macaroni: Handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X, including the Mac OS X repair privileges process as well as Unix-style maintenance. Shareware

MacCleanse: Safely erases caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more. Shareware

MacDust: Better than /usr/bin/lysol and /usr/bin/clorox combined, it hones in on all kinds of files and caches that collect and start eating your harddrive space over time and cleans it off. Shareware

MacPilot: Easily enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair your system, and perform numerous routine maintenance operations with the click of a button! Shareware

Maintenance: Allows you to run various tasks of system maintenance. Donationware

OmniDiskSweeper: Quickly finds and deletes big, useless files on your hard disks. Freeware

OnyX: Maintenance, optimization, and personalization of Mac OS X. Donationware

Personal Backup X5: Comprehensive backup solution. Demo

Photorecovery: Recover images, movies and sound files from all types of digital media. Demo

PodSalvage: Rescue lost songs from your Apple iPod. Shareware

Preferential Treatment: Check your preference files (both in your user’s preference folder and the system’s preference folder) for corruption by using the “plutil” command line tool. If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. Freeware

R-Studio for Mac: Recovers files from HFS/HFS+ (Macintosh), FAT/NTFS (Windows), UFS1/UFS2 (FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD/Solaris) and Ext2FS/Ext3FS (Linux) partitions. It also recovers data on disks, even if their partitions are formatted, damaged or deleted. Demo

Singular: Helps you to find and remove duplicate files on your Mac. Shareware

Smart Trash: Enhances the functions of the Mac OS X trash by adding several menu options including: selective file deletion, extensive logging, the ability to empty the trash on specific volumes, and more! Shareware

SMARTReporter: Can warn you of some hard disk drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. Open Source

Spring Cleaning: Searches through the clutter of old programs, duplicate and corrupt files, dozens of language files installed by the OS and then helps you take the action you want. Demo

Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery Software: Recovers deleted, inaccessible and corrupt data from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper and FAT file system volumes. Demo

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery: Recovers images, pictures, photos, and data. Demo

Synk Professional: Perform full N-way synchronizations and backups between up to 64 directories/machines. Demo

Tidy Up! Search for duplicate files and packages; by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility and date/age. Shareware

TinkerTool: All-in-one maintenance tool for the Macintosh platform. Shareware

WhatSize: Quickly measure the size in bytes of a given folder and all subfolders and files within it. Shareware

WhatsOpen: Determines what is holding your files open when trying to eject removable media relating to files being in use. Donationware

Xslimmer: Remove unnecessary code from fat binaries. Shareware

XupportM: Provides many features to configure hidden Mac OS X and Unix options. Shareware

The applications supplied on this CD are supplied as is and we make no representations regarding the applications nor any information related thereto. Any questions, complaints or claims regarding the applications must be directed to the appropriate software vendor.
Various different license types apply. Some titles require further payment direct to the application publisher to enable the full feature sets and functions. Some functions require additional hardware for full functionality.


The System Maid is available on CD for $10 from participating Apple User Groups, including;

Many User Groups allow you to purchase the Discs of the Month from their meetings – often at a discount; or to order via the web, postal mail, fax or telephone.

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