Repairing Permissions?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Josephkyles, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. Josephkyles macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    My iMac has been a bit sluggish as of late. Any chance that repairing permissions would help? What is Repairing permissions, and how exactly do I do it?:)
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    It can't hurt to do can solve some problems, but some people think it's usually worthless. It basically makes sure that read and write privileges for each folder are set as they should be. Sometimes they get screwed up, and this double checks that they're as they should be.

    Open Disk Utility (in Applications --> Utilities), select your hard drive, and click "Repair Permissions." It'll take a few minutes to run.
  3. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    Apr 27, 2006
    It probably won't make a difference. If you want to do it, then the Disk Utility is in applications/utilities. Open it and select repair permissions on your system drive.

    If you Mac is sluggish you can try creating a new user account or doing an archive and install. Both seem drastic, but they have the best results.

    Also, there are optimization utilities out there like Onyx.

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