How to defragment HD of MacBook Pro running on OS X 10.6?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mayarose, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    How to defragment HD of MacBook Pro running on OS X 10.6?

    Is there any free/shareware to do this?

    I am novice and any practical advise is much appreciated!

    Maya.
     
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    jaw04005

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    Buy iDefrag or erase and reinstall Mac OS X. There's no Apple utility for it. However, you shouldnt have to defragment unless you're moving around large video files, etc as OS X automatically defrags files to a point.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    There is no need to defrag it. It will automatically do it on it's own.
     
  4. macrumors 603

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    "There is no need to defrag it. It will automatically do it on it's own."

    Totally MISLEADING information.

    The OS defrags _some_ files where possible. Others are left untouched.

    And if you want to "compact" the disk -- that is, reclaim large contiguous areas of space -- a defrag/optimization app is the ONLY way to do so. There are legitimate reasons as to why someone would do this, particularly in the areas of audio or video production.

    To the OP:
    If you want a good defrag/optimization app, get "iDefrag". I believe (not sure) that the latest version is actually able to defrag/optimize withOUT having to boot from an external source (normally, this is a basic requirement to defrag/optimize, that is, "boot from your backup" and go to work on the original).

    It's inexpensive and proven software.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    About disk optimization with Mac OS X:

     
  6. macrumors 601

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    No. Any optimization app is for sale only. TechTool Pro can do it, along with dozens of other things. iDefrag is probably your best choice as far as cost.
     

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