Optimizing Refurbished Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Slimdude22, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. Slimdude22 macrumors member

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    I will be getting a refurbished mac pro soon and was wondering if i should do anything to get the most out of my mac. I cant remember where ive heard this but some people suggested defragging the computer right away and doing a clean reinstall of leopard and partining a hard drive with xp/vista. And was wondering if these are good ideas to consider. Or maybe there are other ideas I haven't heard of that will also work.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Catch Them macrumors regular

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    You really dont need to defrag a drive with OSX installed.

    It seems abit overboard with the information you have gotten, however if it helps you can use the restores disks that come with the MacPro to erase & install the current blank install thats already on there.

    or just grab a new harddrive (like the 640AAKS from western digital) for a boot drive. and another for XP.


    If you install XP on your machine or even vista, some tools that would be handy are:

    AusLogics DiskDefrag (Free Defragging utility for Windows, doesnt run in the background and you manually adjust it, no background processes or anything, probably the best Defragger ive used)

    AVGFree (best free antivirus)

    HDTach
    HDTune
    two great harddrive monitoring and benchmarking utilities, analyzes the health of your drives over time.

    CCleaner cleans up all the registry and misc garbage.

    all of these btw are free and efficient.


    As for OSX, the best optimizing you can do is create a Main admin account and then a standard user account you use so if something goes awry you can just recreate the account.
    I dont use any OS cleaners for OSX (people recommend Onyx and stuff) but i hardly ever use it. i manually just clear out the clutter of my disk space and caches anyway. and it all runs smooth and fast.


    goodluck :)
     
  3. apple2E macrumors regular

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    I purchased a refurb mac pro. I bought ram elsewhere and the internal hard drives to save a lot of extra money instead of getting it all from apple.

    My mac pro came bone stock with 2gbs ram and a 320gb hard drive.

    I now have 14gb ram and the 320gb hard drive along with 3 1tb hard drives. I spent less than $1000 in upgrades.
     

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