Maintaining OS X

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  1. et3rnul

    et3rnul OT Supporter

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    Do I need to do any routine maintenance in OS X? On my windows box I'll defrag maybe once a month, I'll run a system clean up program that clears any temp files or files I don't use, scandisk, etc.

    I've been trying alot of programs with OS X, installing and uninstalling; I'm not sure if everything is getting removed cleanly. So yeah...do I have to do maintenance?
     
  2. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    I enter safe boot mode periodically by holding down the shift key for ~ 10 seconds on startup and then enter the disk utility and verify and repair permissions on my main hd, that's about it.
     
  3. Wolf68k

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    I do use the Disk Utility from time to time, but I also use MacJanitor (Google it, it's free) as well.
    Then for a serious maintance I use Alsoft's DiskWarrior.
     
  4. xenon supra

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    Eh i usually end up doing a clean install every few months or so. I've got an external drive so its pretty easy to just drag my stuff over and then back after i re-install the os.

    thats just me :dunno:
     
  5. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    when you uninstall stuff, i suggest using AppZapper, it finds all the files in your library and such associated with the program you're uninstalling and deletes them.
     
  6. xenon supra

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  7. Jay

    Jay My shit don't stink

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    CleanApp > AppZapper

    :o
     
  8. agent0068

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    that's highly unnecessary
     
  9. agent0068

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    i have little faith in these apps, and from what i hear, they leave crap behind anyways. most of the time, you can remove an app by either dragging it to the trash or running an uninstaller that came with the app...which is free. any stuff that remains is probably very insignificant (e.g. a 4k preference file) and not worth losing any sleep over
     
  10. agent0068

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    and in answer to the original poster: no, you really don't have to do much at all. if your mac is on 24 hours a day, it's already running a lot of behind-the-scenes scripts that do that kind of cleanup for you. also, if you have it setup to automatically update itself via software update, you're more than likely in pretty good shape
     
  11. omgwtfbbqryan

    omgwtfbbqryan OT Supporter

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    as long as youre letting it sleep, its ok.
     
  12. xenon supra

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  13. agent0068

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    just trying to save you the trouble.
     
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    I haven't done a damn thing in over a year on my G4, two years on my G5.

    They just keep going, and going, and going....
     
  17. Dorian Gray

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    All AppZapper does is do a Finder search for the program name, and displays the results in its UI. You can do the same thing using Finder, since AppZapper isnt free.
     
  18. zeroace

    zeroace ..........

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    I run disk utility permissions and I run these two commands monthly to do some maintenance.

    A few months ago, my laptop was running very sluggish so I went on the net to find some maintenance procedures and found these couple commands from Terminal.

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    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
    
    This command is supposedly run by OS X at 3-4am but this I have a laptop that I don't leave on 24/7 and sleep mode will no activate these either from what I read.

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    sudo update_prebinding -root / -force
    
    This fixes prebinding of applications that gets run when new applications are run usually but it's good to run it again to clean things up.

    I found they greatly helped after a year of using my laptop but I still feel I need to increase my RAM :o
     

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