How much hard drive maintenance on a Mac?

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  1. wbgordon macrumors newbie

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    I bought a program named MacWare Disk Tools Pro (below) shortly after I bought my Mac Book Pro in May. It includes, among other things, a utility that can repair permissions (I am now aware you can do the same through Disk Utilities) and another to defragment the hard drive.

    I ran many of MacWare Disk Tools Pro's utilities prior to reformatting the Mac's drive a month ago and it seemed to reduce the Mac's performance rather than enhance. I did not reinstall the software after the hard drive reformat.

    How essential are these types of utilities to the overall health of the Mac's hard drive? Keep the program or scrap?

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/TV978LL/A
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    None are needed. Repair permissions after you install something big and keep the drive 20% empty, but no defragging or any other nonsense is needed. Enjoy simplicity!
     
  3. wbgordon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess my brain is still so much in a PC mindset that it seems hard to believe these Mac machines are literally plug-and-play. Amazing!
     
  4. dlhuss macrumors member

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    BUT a mac will slow down in performance, so run Onyx once in a while
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    From what? There is no registry to get mucked up ...
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Only if you fill the hard drive up, as I said already. :confused:
     
  7. dlhuss macrumors member

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    don't ask me, but I ran it and programs definitely load faster and my shutdown time was reduced (could be related to cleaning cache?)
     
  8. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    Their is no need to defrag or maintain the HD in any way. To keep my computers tiptop I just run Yasu once a month or so to clear out caches and repair permissions.
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It sounds like the normal maintenance scripts were not running for whatever reason. Onyx will fix that, but OS X does it on its own, given the chance.
     
  10. wbgordon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Some conflicting info here. I get it that repairing permissions is needed if you experience hard drive issues or, as Tallest Skil said, when you download a large file. But are Mac users well advised to periodically use disk optimizing programs such as Onyx or Yasu or, in my case, MacWare Disk Tools Pro (below)?

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  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Typically you shouldn't need to run the maintenance scripts manually
    However, if your computer stays shut down during normal maintenance times you may want to do so

    Running Maintenance Scripts

    Apple's Article

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  12. cababah macrumors 68000

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    ^^ Why can't you just repair permissions in the disk utility program?

    I am sort of confused by this thread..:confused:

    Do you need to do this when your HD fills up only?

    Does it matter if you have over 90% free disk space? I am asking because my computer is in sleep mode until late at night and probably is not doing those permissions things.

    I read this..any thoughts?

    http://www.macworld.com/article/133684/2008/06/maintenance_intro.html
     
  13. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The article is correct for the most part... maybe a little overstating, but that's OK

    Yes, you can run "repair permissions" from Disk Utility
    No, you don't have to do these things typically

    Maintenance on the Mac is not something most should ever have to worry about

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  14. wbgordon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The fine informational piece you link to makes reference to:

    By default, the daily script is scheduled to run daily at 03:15 hours local time.


    Are we talking every three hours, 15 minutes or is this 3:15 a.m.?
     
  15. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

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    That's 3:15AM.
     
  16. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    3:15 a.m.

    I believe some run once a day, while others are once a week and once a month

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  17. wbgordon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So basically the rule of the road is to leave your Mac on all night, eh?
     
  18. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    They should run the next time you start up your Mac


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