Maintenance

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  1. SpittingImage macrumors member

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    Although I've owned a MacBook Air for 4 years, a rMacbook Pro for 6 months and now a riMac I still consider myself a novice when it comes to Apple computing. I use Lightroom and Photoshop mostly with general day to day surfing and email.

    On a Windows system I would run CCleaner and regular anti-Virus/Malware scans.

    What sort of of maintenance should I be doing to keep my Apple computers running in good order?

    Thanks
     
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    None! Just let OS X look after itself. Mac's are not like Windows computers. just keep your system updated and you should be fine.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    You have hit on one of the advantages of life with a Mac (compared to life using Windows), and might be why you chose to use Macs in the first place.
    I think you should continue doing the maintenance that you already do on your Macs, which many Mac users also do: Nothing.
    Try not to pay too much attention to your Macs, unless you have actual problems.
    Use them for whatever you do.
    (Be happy :D )
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Great advice! A lot of the "problems" people complain about on these forums are problems of perception--they watch Activity Monitor, for example, but don't understand it. In other words they go looking for problems where none exist and confirmation bias ensures they find something. Don't go down that route.
     
  5. SpittingImage thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks people. I'll just sit back, relax with my feet up on my PC footstool.
     
  6. boast macrumors 65816

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    There is CCleaner for Mac too, if you wish to continually clear your cache/temp files (Not that I think you should)
     
  7. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't recommend that on the Mac. more often than not I've seen it remove library & preference files that either take more time to cache and rebuild then really help the system.

    do absolutely nothing, run the updates, restart when you feel your memory is sluggish.etc
     
  8. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. I had the iMac 2010 for many years and just simply used it. That's all. No need to make life complicated. Of course, if you're searching for problems, you will always find something!

    I say, enjoy!
     
  9. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    The only thing I'd suggest is to run Disk Utility to repair permissions every now and then. Even then, this is more of a legacy activity that had to be done with older versions of OS X. Nobody seems to suffer issues from not running it, and while it used to be one of the first things to try when resolving issues, now it doesn't seem to do much of anything. (Note that if you do run it, some errors will consistently come up each time. That's normal.)

    One thing I would do is less about maintenance and more about disaster aversion: if a hard drive is ever unmounted improperly - say, someone yanks the cable, or there's a power outage - use Disk Utility and "repair disk." Even if the disk initially seems OK and all data is accessible, there can be various errors that become problems later on. Disk Utility can usually fix these without much difficulty.
     
  10. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    What about vacuuming out the air vents? Any comments on that?
     
  11. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    don't use a regular household vacuum that will definitely cause damage. there or anti-static electronic safe vacuums, however a small air compressor or canned hair should work fine.
     
  12. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I laughed so hard :D
     

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