MacBook Pro Yearly Maintenance

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  1. ttracy007 macrumors newbie

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    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?

    Thanks.
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    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

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    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

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    Try using OnyX if your unsure about how to do things
     
  5. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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  11. Sky Blue Guest

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    No, it's not.
     
  12. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    do you want to tell us why not?
     

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