Defragmenting?

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  1. iKwak macrumors member

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    #1
    On a Mac (iBook), how do we

    1) defragment the main harddrive?
    2) make a backup of the entire harddrive or certain folders? Would like to burn the backup.
    3) optimize?
    4) Any other procedure you guys take on a monthly basis?
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    #2
    1. Usually don't need to on a Mac.
    2. Not sure, I'm terrible at backups :(
    3 and 4. Periodically repair permissions in Disk Utility. Also, periodically run "sudo periodic daily weekly monthly" in the Terminal.
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    HFS+ (at least in 10.3, maybe in earlier versions of Mac OS) is kind of self-defragmenting. Whenever a file is opened a set of conditions are checked which are something like is the file fragmented and less than 20Mb and not a heap file. If these conditions are true then the file is moved to a new location on the disk that will result in it being defragmented. So you don't need to defrag.
     

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