Routine maintenance process

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Jigga Beef, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Jigga Beef macrumors regular

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    What would be an ideal diagnostics/ system check up to run? I have Tool Tech Deluxe, Drive Genius 2, and Onyx.

    I am using a Mac Pro on leopard with the HD in bay 1 as my Boot drive, applications, library and that is backed up using CCC to a HD in bay 2. Then in Bay 3 and 4 I am using a RAID 1 of my iTunes library.

    Currently I run all the processing in onyx once a month. I was given Drive Genius and tool tech deluxe came with my Apple care, but I have yet to use either of these programs. Do either of them have a benefit I am not getting from Onyx. Also whenever onyx tells me I need to reset my computer I don’t do it until I have run all of the processes, is that okay?

    I am also tempted to verify my HD and check permissions with disk utility but I have read when I was running tiger that this is not a good thing to do unless a problem is already occurring, does that still hold true with Leopard.

    I think all of these processes minus disk utility only check my boot HD so is it possible for it to check my other drives as well. The HD's in bay 3 and 4 are only iTunes folders so they might not benefit from any maintenance process.
     
  2. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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    I just leave my computer on 24/7 and let the regularly scheduled daily/weekly/monthly maintenance scripts run normally. On my laptop, I use Maintidget to ensure that these scripts get run.

    I do not bother with disk checks or permission repairs unless something is acting up. I repaired permissions for the first time in years in December to correct a legitimate permission problem.

    I'd run disk checks if you had frequent restarts/kernel panics/power outages.

    I have a utility to monitor the SMART status of the disks (which will only predict a failure ~50% of the time, but is 95% accurate when it does indicate an imminent failure) .
     
  3. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    I use Macaroni instead of Maintidget because it lets me schedule run my own scripts whenever I want. Plus I like the interface a lot better. It's not freeware though.

    I use SMARTReporter to monitor the SMART status of all my drives.

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  4. Jigga Beef thread starter macrumors regular

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    Should should i use one of the apps mentioned above for my maintenance? Is there a way to schedule the scripts in Onyx to run by themselves. Does your S.M.A.R.T. status reader check automatically or do you have to run the app?
     
  5. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    I have taken a cursory look at OnyX but did not investigate this aspect of the program. All I can say is that Macaroni works well and I am happy I purchased it.

    Yes, SMARTReporter does check automatically. It can be configured to notify you by email, by alert, or to run an application. It's Freeware.

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