Optimization software

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Selken, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Selken macrumors newbie

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    hey iam new to mac, i got the 21.5 inch base model imac, and i wanted to know if u could recomend me some good optimization programs

    for ur help thank u
     
  2. laserbeam273 macrumors 6502

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    Well Excel does optimisation with it's Goal Seeker functionality...

    You might need to be more specific about what you want to optimise.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" or "optimization" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.

    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. Some of these apps delete caches, which can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.

    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.

     
  4. uvitor macrumors member

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    Let me guess: are you coming from windows, aren't you? :)
    In general, you don't need any software to do that.
     
  5. Selken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep right this is my first mac, a friend that have a 2010 imac told me that he sometimes runs a program to defragment the HDD
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You don't need to defrag on Mac OS X, except possibly when partitioning a drive.

    About disk optimization with Mac OS X
    I really encourage you to read this: Five Mac maintenance myths
     
  7. Selken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oooh thank u iam reading it now, my only question now is if the files are deleted only by dragging to the trash?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It works the same way as on Windows. If you drag a file to the Trash, it's not completely gone until you empty the Trash. (like emptying the Recycle Bin)

    Helpful Information for Any Mac User
     
  9. Selken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    XD sorry for this, its just that its my first mac and i'm a little lost
     
  10. laserbeam273 macrumors 6502

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    You can also press command+delete, or right click on it and select delete.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No problem. Read the links I posted. They'll help you get up to speed quickly.
     

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