Things That Can Mess Up My Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LucasBoy, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. LucasBoy macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2009
    hey people, i bought my mac not long ago and i downloaded this app called iAlertU. its an app that alerts your if people are trying to steal your mac and stuff. so i made a password and put the alarm active. but then i forgot my password so i tried a few things but i didn't seem to unlock. in the end i had to hold the power button on my MBP to shut off the computer. people are telling me that is a bad way to shut off the computer so i'm wondering does it mess up my mac in anyway? for example it causes slower performance or anything?
    any answers would be appreciated. :apple:
  2. midgetsanchez macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    No, of course not. Hitting the power switch will cause you to lose any data in open programs though (ex. if you have a word document open, and didn't save). Other than that it's perfectly fine. Generally it's not a good idea to shut off power to a hard drive (especially when it's in the middle of writing something), so don't do it unless necessary.
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    No, a forced shut down does not mess up your Mac.
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    It's not the devil. Things that could actually screw up your Mac would be things like thebad.ape.
  5. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    It's really no different than holding down the power button on a PC. Your Mac's fine.
  6. LucasBoy thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2009
    oh okay thank you. that question have been on my mind since like last week

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