Any Ongoing Maintenance Required?

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  1. SB123 macrumors member

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    As a recent PC convert, I'm wondering if there is anything I need to do on a monthly/quarterly basis to keep the iMac running as optimally as possible?

    Is there anything equivalent to a "disk defragment" or "disk cleanup"? Anything else I should know about?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Defragmentation is not necessary except in very unusual or extreme cases because of how OS X handles files

    You can use something like Onyx, but really the OS X maintenance scripts that run automatically take care of most things

    Just enjoy... and have a good backup strategy (and store your original discs somewhere)
     
  3. SB123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    You say have a good backup plan. I have a 1T external hardrive and use Time Machine to backup every hour. Is that good enough or should I be doing more?
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Excellent!

    I also have a clone scheduled every night with Carbon Copy Cloner that gives me a bootable backup

    Only you can decide how much protection is appropriate for you
    But a TM backup is awesome... too many people have nothing!
     
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    unless you keep it on 24/7 typing the following in terminal every once in a while will also clean it up a tad
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    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
     
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    That protects you against HD failure and is enough in most cases. If you have some very valuable data (e.g. pics of your kids) that is not saved on anywhere else, then you might want to pickup another 1TB HD and use it as offsite backup and keep the HD in a car, workplace, relative's house etc. A single HD protects against HD failure but it does not protect you from fire or theft
     
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    i'm sure dropbox would suffice for that? or mobileme if he has that.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Depends on the size of the data and it can take a while to upload

    I think the scripts will run now when you turn your Mac back on without it having to be on 24/7

    Someone will confirm or correct me I'm sure
     
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    Depends. Online storage is much more expensive and a lot slower. If OP has lots of data that he finds valuable, a secondary external HD will be cheaper and probably easier way as well. I find DropBox to be great for documents and stuff but I wouldn't start uploading thousands of several MB photos.
     
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    makes sense
     
  11. Andeavor macrumors 6502

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    Keep an eye on any unnecessary emails and RSS messages. I do a periodic wipe out in Mac mail to keep things run smoothly.
     
  12. thepominlaw macrumors member

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    I use Crashplan+ 155Gb backup started in September - Finished yesterday!!

    After being bitten by the HD failure issue i backup to 2 seperate 1Tb HDDS, a 250Gb HDD and DVD-R (for photos and docs)

    OTT i know but once bitten and all that
     
  13. John T macrumors 68020

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    Yes, the daily, weekly and monthly scripts run automatically. I used to use Onyx to run these scripts until I noticed that it was reporting that they had already run.
     
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    IMO the more paranoid you are, the better. Data is so precious nowadays
     
  15. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    Macs have a way of taking care of themselves. The only thing I would do is keep the intake vents clean by vacuuming them periodically. Dust kills electronics.
     
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    i was going to make a thread like this. 99% of the time my computer runs fine but once and awhile ill get the spinning beach ball and safari will crash. I installed click2flash and that has seemed to fix it. but im curious if theres anything else I could do.
     
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    Crashplan is awesome value for money - unlimited data from unlimited machines for $12 a month can't be beaten. On the subject of backups, I am a firm believer that you can't have too many of them:

    My backup strategy is as follows:
    1) Time machine backup of everything on my machine to a 2TB drive
    2) iTunes library also duplicated by home sharing to another machine that runs as a media server
    3) All my photos and documents are backed up to CrashPlan
    4) All my development projects are source controlled in subversion which runs on a dedicated miniserver from Memset (i.e. hosted in a data centre)
    5) The subversion server is also backed up using CrashPlan

    This means I have multiple copies of everything, and everything except my iTunes library is also backed up offsite. The only reason I don't backup my iTunes library offsite is the size of it - 700GB would take forever to get offsite and as I'm in the UK, I can't easily send Crashplan a seed backup
     
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    Will this still work if your system is in sleep mode? I heard someone state that sleep mode can stop it from running, and the maintenance is scheduled to run at night & that's when mine is usually in sleep mode. :confused:
     
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    They will run once it wakes up
     
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    That's pretty normal. If you have any other plug-ins, you could try removing them as in most cases, a browser crash is caused by a plug-in (usually Flash).
     
  21. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    That is outdated information and is not incorrect. If a user turns off their machine at night when it's turn the scheduled maintenance routines will automatically run.
     
  22. Rhobes macrumors 6502

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    You would think that Apple would mention this information somewhere in the quick start-up or somewhere obvious to people. I started many threads and searched many times & always found the same, lots want to know what they can do to maintain there machine but don't know and always get conflicting info. I'm sure that all stems from people talking about different models etc.
    That would probably be a good idea for someone to pursue & make into a sticky for the Forum. Model & Maintenance.:rolleyes:
     
  23. lotones macrumors regular

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    Seriously, huh? That's the first I've heard of it, though I've always wondered why it wouldn't just run the scripts on startup. Good to know.

    And I agree, if true this should be common knowledge by now. Apple could even call it a "feature" of OS X.

    btw, thanks MacDawg for jogging my memory about OnyX. There's a lot more to it than I thought. Well worth the "cost"... lol
     
  24. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This is a feature for Snow Leopard 10.6
    For Tiger 10.4 and Leopard 10.5 it is different

    You can read about the differences here:

    Mac OS X: About background maintenance tasks

    For 10.4 and 10.5...
     

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