CleanMyDrive 2 in the test - free volume manager for macOS

The savings potential on my hard drives is quite low, but according to the developer, clearing out also speeds up access to SD cards, which is certainly not wrong with cameras that deliver a high resolution.

I have had the CleanMyMac tool (currently CleanMyMac X) in use about that i here is a test report wrote. It works as software for system optimization, deletes residual data, executes maintenance scripts and has served me well for many years.

Today I would like to introduce another little tool from MacPaw that is available for free in the Mac App Store: CleanMyDrive 2. This is a little helper that looks for a place in the menu bar of the Mac and thus allows quick access to many options with regard to external hard drives, SD cards and USB sticks.

Before CleanMyDrive 2 can work properly, the software must be granted access under macOS Mojave.

Before CleanMyDrive 2 can work properly, the software must be granted access under macOS Mojave.

Functional scope of CleanMyDrive 2

The name of the software already suggests that it does something with garbage, but it can do a lot more. In addition to the cleanup function, you can see all the connected volumes (hard drives, USB sticks, SD cards, etc.) directly in an overview and see directly from a colored marking which type of data (videos, photos, etc.) occupies how much space.

You can also eject the individual volumes individually or all at once with a button. This can be helpful if you want to disconnect your MacBook from the hard drives several times a day and take them with you. Normally you have to click the "Eject button" in the Finder for each individual volume. This can be a nuisance when you have to do it more often.

You can drag files directly to the individual volumes in the Finder in order to copy files there. This can come in handy under certain circumstances.

You can drag files directly to the individual volumes in the Finder in order to copy files there. This can come in handy under certain circumstances.

The last useful feature of the tool is that you can drag files directly onto the hard drive icons there for copying. For example, you mark some files in a folder, drag them to the menu bar icon of CleanMyDrive and when the list of volumes opens, you can drag them to the corresponding hard drive. If you hold it over a volume for a few seconds, a new Finder window opens with the contents of this volume. In this way you can also drag the files directly into the sub-folders.

The savings potential on my hard drives is quite low, but according to the developer, clearing out also speeds up access to SD cards, which is certainly not wrong with cameras that deliver a high resolution.

The savings potential on my hard drives is quite low, but according to the developer, clearing out also speeds up access to SD cards, which is certainly not wrong with cameras that deliver a high resolution and rely on fast write access.

Cleaning up garbage data

The cleaning of the external hard drives is done by the software at the push of a button. The recycle bin is emptied and garbage data on the disks is searched for and deleted.

Which files does CleanMyDrive 2 delete?

There are a few file types that CleanMyDrive finds and deletes. Surely some of you have already run into one or the other file. In detail these are:

  1. OS X service files: .DS_Store, .Spotlight-V100, .TemporaryItems, .fseventsd
  2. Windows service files: Thumbs.db, RECYCLED, RECYCLER, $ RECYCLE.BIN
  3. Resource forks files like ._MyPhoto.jpeg
  4. Files in the recycle bin of the volumes that have not been permanently deleted

Since I hardly ever plug data carriers back and forth between PC and Mac, these "garbage data" files hardly ever exist with me. Accordingly, the software only deleted 43 MB of data. But I still think that CleanMyDrive 2 is worth recommending.

One of the main advantages of clearing out SD cards is the access speed, which should be higher than when the card is filled with the above-mentioned file types. I solve the problem simply by completely formatting the SD card every now and then after using it several times. This also removes all files that are unnecessary.

The information that you get about all connected volumes via CleanMyDrive is very helpful. Even the file types are roughly listed when you move the mouse pointer over the colored bars.

The information that you get about all connected volumes via CleanMyDrive is very helpful. Even the file types are roughly listed when you move the mouse pointer over the colored bars.

And one point that should not be forgotten: Clearing out the clutter also deletes the recycle bins on SD cards and hard drives. Several times in my circle of friends I had the message that someone could no longer take photos because the SD card was full, although the pictures on it were deleted. In fact, these have been put in the recycle bin, but the space on the SD card is only released when the recycle bin is also deleted. CleanMyDrive 2 also does this when cleaning up.

Storage usage of the connected volumes at a glance

Just the overview of the individual volumes and their occupancy is worth gold if you are always working on the storage limit of the hard drives. The paid software iStatMenus does this for me, but if you don't have it, you get a free alternative with CleanMyDrive 2.

In-app purchases available - but not necessary

Anyone wondering about the "In-app purchases available" display in the Mac App Store can rest assured. These are just individual hard drive icons that you can buy with them. However, I find the selection too small and the price too high. So I would class it more as a "donation" to the developers who can be supported with these purchases.

The in-app purchases are a handful of hard drive icons for one euro. Think of it as a donation to the developers.

The in-app purchases are a handful of hard drive icons for one euro. Think of it as a donation to the developers.

I hope you find this little tool as helpful as I do. If you use other software that serves the same purpose, I look forward to your comments.

And another note: The Unarchiver is another free tool that MacPaw took care of a few months ago. This is also worth a mention when you have files like .rar or exotic archives like XAR, RPM, Deb must be unpacked.

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1 comment

  1. Jochen says:

    I can only agree with your opinion. I've been using it for three years and don't want to be without it.
    Nice report!

    Jochen

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