setting up new powerbook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by punkbass25, May 20, 2005.

  1. punkbass25 macrumors member

    May 16, 2005
    So i'm going to be getting a powerbook soon, and i was wondering what you all thought of making a seperate partition for OS X swap files, to keep them in a defragmented partition for increased speed?

    and about how big would you say this partition needs to be?

    any other tips on things i should do to increase stability/performance would be great.

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    There's really no need for any of this in OSX. The system will take car of defragmenting the hard disk by itself. :)

    The best way to increase performance and stability beyond what it's already at is to get as much RAM as possible into it.
  3. punkbass25 thread starter macrumors member

    May 16, 2005
    already planning on adding a 1gb stick from newegg as soon as i get it. :)

    and does anybody have any experience with making a partition for scratch files from prosscesor intensive applications? for example does it really help out photoshop that much?

    i'm mainly concerned with final cut, and the adobe creative suite
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    IMO, there's not much benefit to be gained from a swap partition on a slow PowerBook HD that your boot HD is shared from. If the OS has to start swapping it'll work double hard to swap data AND read data off the disk.
    But that is simply my opinion.

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