question on defragmenting

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vargelis, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. vargelis macrumors newbie

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    hello
    i am new to mac and just started using a rather old iBook, that is unusually slow, especially when saving word documents or loading internet pages with paswords (ie my email log in).
    so im wondering if mac is similar to windows and if there is a "defragmenting" process i can run to help the overall speed of the machine.
    Plus a slight inconvienece, all the programs and operating systems on the computer are French- and my technical computer term vocabulary in French is not quite fluent.... so the more details the better chance ill have of doing whaterver...
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    My understanding is that OSX doesn't need defragmentation like Windows... but that seems to be an ongoing debate around here.

    A search on "defragmentation" will give you a whole host of threads discussing the pros and cons in OSX

    Woof, Woof – Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    That is, if he uses OS X, which he doesn't explicitly say. Some more info would be good in this case.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Good point, he does say a "rather old iBook" which could imply OS 9.x, which would benefit from defragmentation. Thanks for correcting me :eek:

    I guess I just live in an OSX world now, my wife tells me all of the time I'm in a different world. :rolleyes:

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  5. witness macrumors 6502

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    Surely disk fragmentation is an issue for any OS unless OS X is continually defragmenting in the background?
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Correct and almost Correct. It doesn't continually defrag, rather it defrags when files are accessed. It only does files under 20 MB.
     
  7. witness macrumors 6502

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    So what can you do about the larger files?
     
  8. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25668
     
  9. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Don't worry about them. :D
     
  10. witness macrumors 6502

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    I like the bit where it says:
    I guess that would work :D
     

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