Newbie Mac User needs to understand OS X disk activity

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ilogic, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. ilogic macrumors regular

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    When I first bought my mac it was quiet and when i turned it on I heard no disk activity, now every time i turn it on I hear it... I've tried iDefrag but it only does an "online" defragment.

    I also did a clean install with Leopard... I'm sure I haven't tried everything but just wondering if there is any tip or advice or How-To I can follow to get my hard drive optimized. :eek:
     
  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    what type of Mac?

    the internal(s) should only be loud if you're running a G4 tower
     
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    iDefrag can create a bootable DVD which will allow you to do a full defrag on your system volume. It might not be necessary, though.

    Another diagnostic you can do is to open up a Terminal window and run the command "sudo fs_usage" -- that will show you in real-time what application is causing the disk activity.
     
  4. ilogic thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have an iMac G5 Core Duo..

    the disk activity happens when i turn medium sized programs on.. typically not small ones.. it will happen when i turn on safari, mail, pages, iphoto, itunes, etc...

    i'm looking into how to create the iDefrag boot disk now...
     
  5. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    I thought those were flash-based :rolleyes: :D
     

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