a few newbie Questions. I always wanted to ask.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by coffey7, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. coffey7 macrumors 6502a

    coffey7

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    1. do I ever have to delete cookies or cache in a mac like with windows?
    I use ccleaner for xp.
    2. Does a Mac ever need adjustments to keep the speed up? Like defragment the harddrive.
    3. Once I delete a file on a Mac I have heard that is gone for good and xx's cover up any trace of the contents of the file. Is this true? Like if I sold my mac would the new owner be able to look at my files?
    4. if I upgrade to 2 gb ram will it open web pages faster?

    Thanks for any input. I'm a super newbie. I have a 2.0 white macbook with 60 gb harddrive and 512mb memory.
     
  2. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

    DZ/015

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    1. It is up to you. I don't delete cookies, but once a month or so I clear the cache.

    2. It does not "need" defragmenting. I use DiskWarrior to rebuild my directory on occasion. Usually once a month also.

    3. Deleted files are gone for good if you "secure empty trash" or overwrite the deleted data. You can also zero or overwrite a drive using disk utility to be sure deleted files are gone for good.

    4. Two gigs may be overkill. I have 1GB in my PowerMac. It will definitely speed up your system/GUI.
     
  3. coffey7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coffey7

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  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Yeah, 1GB is kinda the minimum for Intel machines since Rosetta is so RAM-intensive, but 2GB may be overkill.

    Otherwise, listen DZ/015, you don't need to do anything aside from calibrate its battery once a month. :)
     

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