My new mac pro arrives today! I'm very excited. I was wondering if anyone could share any best practices on how they set it up. On my PC’s I always reformat the harddrive first and install everything from scratch to get rid of all the bloatware the manufactures put on the computer (AOL free trials, trial programs that are really ads) all this bloat ware slows everything down. Then I make a full backup incase I want a fresh image. Then I install all the standard apps make another full backup incase I want a fresh image with the standard apps. I try to store all the data on a separate drive so I don’t lose any files when I restore an image. I normally restore a fresh image every 3 months it keep things running fast. I try a LOT of software that I might only use once so I don’t want the to slow down the system by having these programs hanging around, eating up resources for something I am never going to use again. In the PC world removing something is impossible there are always files left over, registry settings left over. So the only good way to avoid your computer getting slower and slower is to restore to a fresh image and connect to your data drive. If there is a driver conflict a fresh image is a good way to see if it is a problem with the hardware or the software configurations. I have never used a mac before so I am a little lost on where to start. So I am looking for some ideas on how to get started right. So if you had a brand new mac pro and you were willing to invest a lot of time in setting it up right how would you do it? Any management software out there that will run diagnostics and manage programs I should look at? Thanks so much for reading. P.S. I plan on running Parralles or VMWare and boot camp so that might complicate it a bit.