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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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Hey guys I'm new to this forum

I've recently made the switch and picked up my very first Macbook Pro and I am loving it! Question though.. is there a way to clean up the disk/hardrive? I know with windows you can, but I can't figure out how to do so if it's even possible with this machine. Thanks!
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You mean like defragment? Or just general system maintenance?

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Ok,
Macs tend to need very little maintenance.
If your Mac has some kind of deeper problem it may be different, but normally do don't have to do a thing. It even does some house keeping by itself.
All that I do is run Repair Disk Permissions before and after I do a software update.
And while it may not seen like maintenance, keeping a up to date backup of your mac is important to. Just in case the built-in harddrive crashes or stops working.

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No, you do not need to defragment a Mac hard drive, the Mac OS Extended file format in use with Leopard and Snow Leopard automatically optimizes the location of your files.

So you don't need to do anything in that regard as the OS automatically defrags your files for you.

As for general system maintenance, I generally just run Onyx once a month, let it repair disk permissions, clear my caches, check my SMART status, etc.

Oynx is a multifunction maintenance & optimization tool.

Link to download Oynx for 10.6:
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Is OnyX basically the same program as Maintenance, in terms of their functions and use?
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I've used Cocktail for years:
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AppZapper is pretty nice for cleaning up when you uninstall apps:
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I use Onyx and AppCleaner.
AppCleaner is the same as appzapper, only free!
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