OSX Mac maintainence?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by KevRC4130, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. KevRC4130 macrumors 6502

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    Hey everyone,
    I am just wondering what I (or any Mac user) should be doing to keep the computer running in tip top form. I know about the Disc Utility program, in this program should I both Verify Disc Permissions and Repair Permissions, or one or the other? Also, on my powerbook it has the "55.9 Toshiba blah blah" as well as the "Macintosh HD" listed, which I thought were both the same. Should I verify/repair BOTH, or which one? Is there anything else I should be doing besides the disc permissions?

    Thanks
     
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Pat it on the back every once in a while and thank it for not being a windows PC :D

    But seriously, you can get Norton Systemworks and use Speed Disk to defrag the hard drive every six months or so. You can also run software update in the apple menu every once in a while to keep your software up to date. None of this is necessary it will just keep your computer in tip top shape.

    Relax you have a Mac performance problems over time is something that windows users must worry about.
     
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    i'm so waiting for edesign to chip in on this one with a big funny picture and a link to a different thread... :D
     
  4. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    STAY AWAY FROM NORTON!!! That's for one. Besides this you just need to repair permissions once in a while(I do it every month or whenever I installed something that asks for my admin password). Verifying is like repairing without the repairing :D
    You can also get MacJanitor to run some cronjobs once in awhile but I stopped doing it since it will only free some marginal space and not make your computer run faster.

    All in all the thing I can agree with what the "poster" ;) above said is "be happy that you own a mac and don't have to deal with all of that".
     
  5. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    We don't really have a specific GUIDE for that... the one we have would kind of overstrain the issue :D
     
  6. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    hmmm... sad. i love those posts of his :D
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    all of us do, and i havent had any good laughs in a while from them

    but i have seen at least two of these threads crop up in the past few days

    Search people! a question like this has been beat to death with a stick
     
  8. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Trust me you'll see plenty of those. :D
     
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Allow me to explain. There's a difference, although it's subtle, and only comes into play when partitioning is involved. The "55.9 Toshiba blah blah" is a disk, while "Macintosh HD" is a volume. Disks can contain multiple volumes - this happens when you choose multiple partitions in Disk Utility when formatting. Notice that the partition tab is only available when the disk is selected and not the volume(s) within it. Generally, you only need concern yourself with the volume (in this case, "Macintosh HD") when worrying about disk maintenance.
     
  10. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I have a feeling over the coming few weeks any effort will be in veign. The newbs are already showing their stunning lack of abilty to use the search feature. It's gonna be a complete waste of time trying to change anything....maybe I'll snap soon though! :eek: :D















    oh ok, you twisted my arm.

    Search dammit!
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=79460&highlight=maintenance
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=81499&highlight=maintenance
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=51959&highlight=maintenance
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=48584&highlight=maintenance
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=39757&highlight=maintenance
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=24083&highlight=maintenance
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=22778&highlight=maintenance

    ...and so on!!!!!!!

    [​IMG]
     
  11. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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  12. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Cool your collective jets, boys. This is a perfectly reasonable question and finding an answer to it by searching is like the old needle in a haystack trick. This site needs an FAQ section for issues like this. Better yet, Apple needs to put "Repair Permissions" in the Apple menu, or make it automatic.
     
  13. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    It's a perfectly reasonable question that has been asked MANY times before, as illustrated by the links I provided simply using the search term "maintenance".
     
  14. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Yeah, but he isn't asking for maintenance he asked for maintainence :D :rolleyes:
    Illiteracy makes searching kinda hard ;) :p
     
  15. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    lol, well that's a whole other subject.

    MacRumors top tip of the day - www.dictionary.com :D :p
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Now if only you could tame those 12" vs. 14" threads...people would watch you ride off into the sunset, saying, who was that masked man?
     
  17. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    That actually really did make me LOL :D

    Maybe one day, maybe one day...

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    Does a 12" require different maintenance than a 14"? .... Didn't know that ( :D )
     
  19. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Sure, but that wasn't entirely my point, was it?
     
  20. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a

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    I love eDesigns posts....




    And i was going to spend my time explaining volumes to him, but you just did it waaay better then i could. Nicely done.

    I LOVE the search feature......
     
  21. vgurl macrumors newbie

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    Hi KevRC4130,

    I did a search a found a useful thread for you that may help you out. It's got some suggestions on apps that will help you keep your Mac running in tip top shape. Some are free like Onyx & others require that you purchase a license. Right now I'm using Onyx to run crons (whatever that is) & repair permissions as well as some other stuff :)

    Hope this helps!


    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=67336&highlight=Cocktail
     
  22. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Hi vgurl,

    I wanted to point out that "crons" refers to cron jobs. "cron" is the name of the scheduled tasks engine in Mac OS X. Its purpose is to maintain lists of jobs (tasks to execute at specific dates and times) and make sure they run when scheduled to run (only if the computer is on and not asleep at the time). There's an open-source utility called anacron that helps cron with tasks that were missed due to the computer being off or asleep.
     
  23. vgurl macrumors newbie

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    Thx for clarifying, I've been meaning to look that up! :)

    In the thread that I posted there is a link (that doesn't seem to currently be working) for Anacron. I'll look into it....& KevRC4130, u may want to check it out too.
     
  24. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    I would try this site: http://www.macmentor.org/switch/ you might get a friendlier response.
     
  25. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    You have to work harder to clean the 14" 'cause its bigger. :rolleyes: :D :cool:
     

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