MacBook Pro Yearly Maintenance

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ttracy007, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. ttracy007 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2008
    I've had a MacBook Pro now for over a year and was wondering if there was anything I could do 'tune-up wise' to optimize the computer's performance and keep it running well. (I switched from a PC last year and remember there being a laundry list of things you needed to do to keep it from bogging down.)

    Along those lines, is there anything I should be doing more regularly to keep it running well also?

  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Repairing permissions is a good maintenance task, as is running disk warrior or drive genius. If you haven't maxxed out the ram, now would be a good time to think about that as well.
  3. stiphone macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2008
    I'm sorry as I'm a Newbie to Mac. How do you repair permissions and clean up your Mac? I know how to do it for Windows but I'm lost when it comes to Mac.
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Try using OnyX if your unsure about how to do things
  5. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    The Onyx app is the most user-friendly way; it basically does the work for you.
  6. secretpact macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    How to repair disk permissions

    Run the Disk Utility app that comes with Mac OS. Go to your Applications folder and find the Utilities folder. In that folder you'll find the Disk Utility.

    Click on your hard drive on the left and you'll see a Repair Disk Permissions button in the bottom middle of the window.
  7. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    This is a website I came across while searching around on M|R once... I know it is good up to OS X 10.4, but it can give you ideas of what to do:
    • Repair disk permissions (Disk Utility, among others)
    • Run routine maintenance scripts (wiget: maintidget)
    • Clear Caches (on OS X 10.4 I use cache out X)
    • Repair and backup preferences (I think there is a way to do this in OS X w/o an additional application)
    • Do a file system check and disk repair
    • Defrag
    • Check S.M.A.R.T. status
  8. Future Blues macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Repairing permissions is a troubleshooting tool, not a regular maintenance step.

    And also a much longer, more robust rant on why repairing permissions as a regular maintenance step is useless:

  9. steinlager macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
  10. rychencop macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
  11. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    No, it's not.
  12. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    do you want to tell us why not?

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