optimize/clean/speed up type utility?

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  1. vtprinz macrumors 6502

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    My G3 iBook is getting ridiculously bogged down. With only 3GB left of the measly 40GB drive, it's having a hard time doing even regular tasks, such as opening safari or mail, etc. What programs do you guys recommend that might help out without me having to reformat? I can't really clear up much space, as it's all photos and software that I use often, but maybe the disk can be cleaned up or reorganized or something to help things flow a little smoother?

    Any ideas would be great, thanks!


    -Mark
     
  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    I use a program called Onyx, it optimizes the disks and runs the maitnance scripts. It also allows you to customize the os. Just search for it on versiontracker.com
     
  3. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Transfer some of you photos to a DVD and delete them from your library. That will free up some disk space. 3Gig is a bit tight. You may have other issues as well, such as a directory file that's corrupt. Try Disk Warrior or Tech Tools Pro. If you're running 10.4.3, you can use disk utility "verify disk" to check your disk. That will tell you right away. ;)
     
  4. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    May I suggest that you trim your HD to about 32GB, leaving it about 8GB of extra space? Secondly, IMO Onyx maybe good enough to do the maintenance job for your ibook. It does more than just repair permissions. :)
     
  5. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    With that size hard drive I would think you want more free space on it. (More than what you have free, I mean) I could be wrong, but I was told 8 GB free on your hard drive is the minimum??? Of course, this could be on a case-by-case scenario. Try like hell to free some space...be it archiving or getting an external hard drive to store.
     
  6. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    I will say, that helped me out.
     
  7. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    No it doesn't.
     
  8. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Is optimizing disks diffrent from optimizing system?
     
  9. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Explain further, I would like to learn.
     
  10. vtprinz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OnyX helped a bit, cleared up over a gig of space. Here's another question, if there's a program I'd like to back up, but it's over a gig, is there a way to split it between two CDs? I don't have a DVD burner to put it on.
     
  11. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    I have only 700mb left on my mini and it doesn't seem to bother it at all:confused:
     
  12. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Whaaa???Huhhhh?? Reallly...I have never had a good experience with so little left on the hard drive....wow...that seems damn near impossible. What's your secret?
     
  13. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    NFI - 29.3 GB of music
     
  14. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.

    You'll need a disk utility like Tech Tools Pro or Disk Warrior to optimize/repair the disk directory. You may also start in "single user mode" and run "fsck -f" to repair the directory. IMHO, a corrupt directory is probably the cause of most problems in OS X. :cool:
     
  15. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Wow...I could never have that much music...you must be a real music buff. Congrats...I had an old 30 GB full of photos and music, no matter what I couldn't get good results w/o archiving. What IS your secret??? You must tell me, for I wont stop hassling you untill you do;)
     
  16. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Those apps like Onyx and Cocktail make it easier to perform unix maintenance scripts that run at weird hours and most users have their machines turned off.

    If you wish, take the time and look for the"read me" file that came with the app., or go to Version Tracker and click through the links.

    The help menu in the Finder is another useful feature that is underutilized. Just type in a question and you get results in most cases.

    If you're using OS X ver. 10.4.3, there's an extra feature in the Disk Utility that wasn't there in previous versions and that is "Verify Disk". You can't repair it but at least you can test for problems on your start-up drive/partition. To do an actual repair, you'll need to boot to Single User and run "fsck -f" to perform the actual repair. Or, use Tech Tools or Disk Warrior.
    ;)
     
  17. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    You could try to select all the songs and tell it to burn. It may tell you how many CD's it will take to do it. I did it once but I can't remember if it was in iTunes or another app., so I won't be much help to you there.

    You could select songs by album or group them into 10-15 songs and burn a CD that way.
     
  18. BollywooD macrumors 6502

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    I use FreeDMG to create Disk Images - its very simple(drag and drop) and is free!

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/24181

    it also creates segmented disk images!!!
     
  19. vtprinz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks that helped a lot! Have almost 6GB free now, still trying to figure out what else i can get rid of.

    Thanks everyone

    -mark
     

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