Mac monthly maintenance?

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  1. clw51 macrumors newbie

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    I am about to become a new Mac owner. I am seriously concidering an iMac 27" quad. I am getting very excited! But I want to be an informed buyer. I have been a PC user for many years and I have some basic questions about the Mac.

    Do you have to do monthly maintenance on a Mac like you do a PC? I used to have to run monthly Disc checks, defrag and registry cleaners with my PC. Does a Mac require the same?

    How often do the iMac screens have the yellowing and flickering problems? Is it often enough I should wait to buy an iMac? Does Apple have good support and customer service?

    I know the Mac is a very safe computer as far as viruses and spyware is concerned, but should I still have some sort of anti virus/spyware program running on the Mac?

    Thanks for you time.
    Connie
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    Yes.
    No.
     
  3. lukefinch macrumors 6502

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    I can tell you're going to love a mac. Be warned though, you'll have a lot more free time on your hands to actually use the computer. I cant imagine doing all of this every month!
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    You will also find that you don't need to turn it off that often (unless you want to). I remeber thinking this was very strange when I first got my mac.
     
  5. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Once a month I take my HD out, disassemble it, then give the platters a really good shine with a high quality furniture polish, before putting it back together again. It always seems to run a little nicer after that.
    The iMac CPU only needs an annual strip down and degrease.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Don't forget to rotate the keys on the keyboard and top off the fluids in your mouse. :D
     
  7. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    Honestly, I do repair my hard drive about once a year, when I'm bored. And you don't need to turn it off, I literally never turn it off unless I am going away on holidays, or to restart to install updates etc. But really, just have fun using it, not fixing it so you can use it.
     
  8. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    No, you don't need to do that sort of maintenance. OS X automatically defrags the disk as it goes. There is no registry or equivalent to clean. You can check your disk if you like, but most people don't bother unless their computer is acting up.

    Checking and repairing permissions (a 5-10 minute process) is recommended after certain types of software installs and any system updates -- that's about all the regular maintenance your Mac needs.

    As far as antivirus and anti-spyware, there's really nothing to defend against. The most you'll accomplish is knowing which of your spam is carrying Windows-only viruses, or if friends/colleagues accidentally send you files with Windows viruses embedded.

    The only Mac exploits in the wild at this point are basically trojans embedded in pirated software. Only download from trusted sources and you should be fine.
     
  9. clw51 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, and yes, the maintenance on a PC is a pain!!
     
  10. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Just keep the screen clean and blow a little compressed air to clean out the key wells once in a while. Other than that, enjoy! :D
     
  11. clw51 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks very much for this information!
     
  12. ayeying macrumors 601

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    OSX has built in Daily, Weekly and Monthly scripts. It automatically runs overnight. That's basically OSX's automatic maintenance feature.

    I personally do a defrag after I install all my applications at first, then later on, maybe a defrag every month to every 6 months, depending on how much files i write/delete.

    The whole macs don't need defragging is somewhat of a myth. the HFS file system automatically defrags files under 20MB but over that it will leave all over the place. This isn't like Windows where you need to defrag every week, a month is probably the least amount of time for a defrag.
     
  13. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    My daily: Empty out trash . Clean off desktop of any stray files. Incremental Backup of system drive and external drives to NAS.

    Weekly: Permission checks via Disk Warrior 4.1 and Disk Utility. iKlear full exterior detail.

    Monthly: Built in Apple Hardware Test, Drive Genius 2 Integrity check of drives, Apple Service Diagnostic if I suspect serious issues beyond the scope of the built in AHT. Battery recalibration (Discharge/Charge).

    Bi-Yearly or whenever service is performed on my MBP: Removal of Intel SSD and secure format , then full restore using latest backup (also tests integrity of backup).
     
  14. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    nothing :p

    but try to limit the amount of apps and processes opening on startup and try to keep your hard drive at least 10% free.

    if you get slowdowns i.e. 'the spinning beachball' a lot you are probably running out of memory and paging to disk which slows your Mac down. either upgrade your RAM or restart Safari once and a while, which i find helps as its a bit of a memory hog.
     
  15. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    Speaking of maintenance, my apps weren't opening on login like they were supposed to, so I repaired the hard drive and it fixed it. Too easy.
     
  16. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    You don't even need to have icons on your desktop like Windows. Any app that you use daily you can place in your dock, and any app you use regularly enough to remember you can start from spotlight. So, there's no reason to place anything on the desktop.
     
  17. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    The way I use the desktop, there is reason to have files on it.
     
  18. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Okay, it's obvious to me that you're joking (and I find it quite funny :)), but a note for the technologically inept: if you attempt to disassemble a hard drive, it will never work again, unless you happen to have access to an industrial clean room. They're airtight for a very good reason.

    Of course, it's highly unlikely that a neophyte would have the Torx screwdrivers necessary to do the job, but better safe than sorry.

    For the record, I do absolutely no maintenance whatsoever. My 9-year-old iBook currently has 17 days' uptime, and last time I restarted was really for no good reason at all. Normally, I only turn my computers off when prompted to do so following software installs/updates, or (in the case of my Intel iMac) when I feel like playing Windows games.
     
  19. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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    Just out of curiosity, how are your electricity bills? I often think of just leaving it on, set in sleep, so it can snap into action straight away when I've got my morning coffee but I get that queasy feeling when I think of my next bill if I did that....

    What kind of energy are we talking about when the machine is in sleep mode?
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    https://www.apple.com/sg/macbookpro/environment.html
     
  21. bobob macrumors 68030

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    Don't forget to rotate the hard drive platters!
     
  22. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    I had to boot off the Installer Disk the other day to repair my disk as apparently it had problems.

    I say apparently, as I noticed no degradation in performance or stability of my system. I only found out as OnyX told me there was a problem
     
  23. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I honestly haven't taken the time to itemize my computers' electrical demands, but as GGJstudios points out, Macs are incredibly energy-efficient. That quote actually refers to the laptop's energy use while running, and sleep mode uses even less power.
     
  24. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816

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    What defrag program do you recommend? thanks.
     
  25. NIPRING macrumors 6502

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    I usually shut it down once every three months. Open it up and blow the dust out of my mac. Heat is the big killer of G5s.
     

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