Does a Mac need to be defragged or cleaned?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by michael31986, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. michael31986 macrumors 68030

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    im just wondering if there is something in settings to clean it up or defrag.
     
  2. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    oh ok! cause i feel like with the old os that came with my macbook pro it loaded faster, but with the newest one it takes longer to load up. i got my macbook last year in march i believe,
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read the performance tips that simsaladimbamba posted. That should help. With rare exceptions, Macs don't need to be defragged, "maintained" or "cleaned". OS X takes care of itself.
     
  4. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i read that. im just wondering why it seemed to load faster with my older os.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Because Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is in many ways more responsive than Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. In order to avoid slow startup times, you could use the SLEEP feature of Mac OS X.
     
  6. joec1101 macrumors 6502

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    Generally, OSX does a really great job of keeping up the drive performance. There really isn't much you need to do. It doesn't hurt once in a while to run the "repair disk" and "repair disk permissions" from the recovery partition. You can also download a free app called Onyx that does a good job.

    If you are running Bootcamp with Windows, then you can defrag that partition from within Windows, but only do this if you are running a regular mechanical platter hard drive. If you have a Solid State Drive, then defragmenting is not necessary and supposedly can damage the drive as well. So don't do it if you have a SSD in your machine.
     

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