I have been hunting for an app or set of scripts that will perform cruft cleanup (remove junk files; clean temp folders; browser caches; etc.) on drives that are not in an active system. So far all that I've evaluated only work on an active system. Does such a utility exist or do I have to write my own set of scripts?

  • Do those drives contain an actual OS, or do they just contain a bunch of (random) files?
    – nidunc
    May 11, 2014 at 0:22
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    This is an OS installation drive; just not in the normally booting computer. This is a cleanup situation where it's handy to scrub them down before running av and antimalware software.
    – ylluminate
    May 11, 2014 at 6:08
  • That makes things a whole lot easier, 'cuz if they didn't contain an OS it would be nearly impossible
    – nidunc
    May 11, 2014 at 10:55

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Although I am hesitant to actually recommend it (CCleaner is dangerous and 99% useless)

CCleaner does have an Enterprise Edition which allows you to work with machines across your network.


Another app that seems to do this fairly well that I've been playing with is CleanUp! I'm not yet sure how effective it is on newer Windows OS releases, but it seems to have some real potential as it offers a preview run as well.





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