Going from Windows to Tiger...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TrumanApple, May 18, 2005.

  1. TrumanApple macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2005
    I am going to be a new switcher in a month or so, but i had a few questions about different things i do in windows and how to do them in OS X. Here are a list of things i do in windows, please tell me how i can do them in os x and exactly how necessary they are in OS X.

    First Degragmenting the hard drive
    Disk cleanup
    reformatting the hard drive
    the task manager in windows
    how to close a non responsive program...

    and if you know of any other things like this please list them too i cant think of any more at the moment but there are more...
  2. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    You dont need to do this - it does it automatically.

    as in clear the cookies etc? you can do that from the preferences within the browser that you use (by default it is safari). other than that cant think of anything else to do! oh maybe reparing the permissions every now and again. to do this do applications > utilities > disk utility > repair permissions

    Nope, dont need to do this!

    with your disk that will come with your new apple - bang it in the drive and hold down the c key while its starting up and then follow the on screen instructions!

    this is called activity monitor. to get to it go applications > utilities > activity monitor

    hold down the apple key, alt (called option) and the excape key. alternativly click and hold on the icon for that programme in the dock and then select force quit.
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Have a read through Apple's Mac Basics on their site; it's quite amusingly written in places. And there's a useful troubleshooting section which has the answers to some of the things that you're asking. Of the things you list, the only one I do regularly is looking at the Task Manager (Activity Monitor).

    That page has a section for switchers that explains some of the differences between common things on Windows and on the Mac.
  4. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    In terms of some of the above, there is a great little program which I use - it's very useful, and you may want to download:

    OnyX - it basically allows you to run all the maintenance programs manually and cleans up any rubbish you may have littered accross your Hard Drive.

    You will find generic variables in switching to the platform, but the transition will be well worth it
  5. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Last time I checked, Onyx was not yet updated for Tiger. (and there is a warning to this effect on the download page) Nice free-ware maintenance app though.
    The main thing to be aware of in OSX is that permissions should be repaired prior to and after software installations and updates. This is an extremely simple and quick procedure in Tiger; nothing at all like defragging an NTFS volume in WinXP, or running Scandisk in Win9x.

    Defragging, indexing and other disk maintenance routines run automatically or "on the fly" in OSX.
    Ideally, you should never shutdown your Mac; this allows these routines to run while you're away; just set one of the screen corners to activate the screensaver; you can then just "toss" your mouse into that corner when you finish a session. (I've found the upper-right corner to work nicely for this function)
    The "sleep" mode is also quite reliable and wakes very quickly with no glitches, but your machine will be virtually shut-down in this mode, so maintenance routines won't run.

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