Imac seems slower, should/can i defrag? How?

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  1. Captain Pyro macrumors member

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    ok, so iMac is feeling a little slow this last week or so, and it's not cos i've been playing on anything faster, but I have been running up quite a bit of content in photoshop/illustrator and hiving it off to disc.

    If I were still on an xp box, i'd be looking for the defrag button under disc properties about now...

    please please please no mac vs pc flame war! :rolleyes:

    is there a defrag lurking in os x somewhere or a 3rd party app for it, or is os x's file system genuinely past the point of needing one and i'm just imagining it? :confused:

    :eek: (ducks into bunker and awaits the inevitable) :D
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    No need to defrag. Try using Disk Utility to repair permissions, as it sounds like some application can't access a file it needs.

    TEG
     
  3. Captain Pyro thread starter macrumors member

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    good call, thanks! :cool:

    permissions were in a mess.

    since i was there i did a 'verify disk' too...

    Verifying volume “Macintosh HD”
    Checking HFS Plus volume.
    Checking Extents Overflow file.
    Checking Catalog file.
    Checking multi-linked files.
    Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    %)
    Checking Extended Attributes file.
    Checking volume bitmap.
    Checking volume information.
    Volume Header needs minor repair
    The volume Macintosh HD needs to be repaired.

    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit


    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume needs repair

    :eek:

    out with the install discs then... am i gonna lose all my data (ie should i do a really big backup!) or is this going to be a 'freshen' over-the-top job?
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    Try restarting off the OSX (Or Software Restore) disc (by holding c). Then after selecting the language, go to the menus and find Disk Utility and try to repair the disk.

    TEG
     
  5. Captain Pyro thread starter macrumors member

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    that's what disk utility suggests too.

    oh well, out with disc 1 and cross fingers...

    :eek: i'd forgotten this thing came with 10.4.7! Seems so long ago... :rolleyes:
     
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  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    Its what I do while waiting for programs to compile.

    TEG
     

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