|Dec 7, 2012, 05:39 AM||#1|
Should I defrag before installing Boot Camp?
I've had my 15" MacBook Pro (running Lion) for about a year now, and I finally want to get Boot Camp installed so I can also run Windows 7.
I'm reading the Boot Camp manual, and I see that it will create a new partition that will be used for installing Windows.
So I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to defrag my hard drive before I install Boot Camp and create the new partition? If so, what's the best way to defrag in Mac OS X?
|Dec 7, 2012, 06:18 PM||#2|
You might want to repair permissions however. Just open disk utility to do that.
iBook G4 14" 1.42 1.5GB
|Dec 7, 2012, 11:53 PM||#3|
Examples of this problem are here:
Dont worry about any of this if the Bootcamp Utility works. It means you have no problems.
|Dec 8, 2012, 10:30 AM||#4|
Yes, you may need to defragment before installing BootCamp.
You will hear others say "you don't need to defrag with OS X".
This is NOT TRUE. Those who tell you that are misinformed, because they misunderstand what the OS actually does. OS X will re-concactenate -some- fragmented files, but not ALL of them. Over time, the drive will become increasingly fragmented.
Unfortunately, there are no "free" defraggers for OS X that I know of (see "free workaround" below).
Programs like "iDefrag" and "Drive Genius" can defrag for you.
Important: You have to "boot externally" to do a full defrag.
There's another way to defrag a Mac drive without using a defragger:
1. Create a fully-bootable cloned backup on another drive (using something like CarbonCopyCloner)
2. Boot from the cloned backup
3. Re-initialize the internal drive
4. "Re-clone" your cloned backup -back to- your internal drive.
5. The files will be copied over contiguously
6. When done, all your free space will be "at the end" of the internal drive
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