Anyone Do Maintenance Tasks On Their External Drives?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by duncyboy, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    Bit of an OCD question, I admit :eek:

    I use OnyX and Disk Utility to Verify/Repair Permissions, clean Cache etc and to generally look after my Mac. I also make sure I sleep it whenever I can so it can look after itself. BUT...

    I have two external drives- one for storage and one for Time Machine- any point in running Disk Utility on these just for super safety? Also, would there be any performance gains? Just anything that would extend the life of my external drives would be a bonus.

    Or am I just bored on a Sunday night looking for something to do...?

  2. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Never hurts to run disk utility on an external drive to insure its healthy. I do it periodically.
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Using CCC, I clone my internal HD to an external each week, alternating between two HDs. After the clone is completed, I run Disk Utilities on the newly cloned external HD. Then I boot using the external, and run Disk Utilities on my internal HD.

    This doesn't take long, and keeps things working smoothly so far. :)

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