New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

PowerBook - Formating...

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

ExTra's Avatar
Member Since: Apr 11, 2007
Location: London, England
Posts: 25
ExTra is an unknown at this point
Mac Specs: Power Book G4 10.5.5

ExTra is offline
Ok, I have heard a lot of different comments about it, and I just dunno if I should do it or not.

I have had my PowerBook G4 for like 18months, and it's not really slowly down or anything (of cause it's not as fast as when it was brand new), but sometimes it crashes, and I know it might well bcoz I have been saving a lot of rubbish on it. So I have been thinking about if I should format it or not. A lot of people say we should do it every few months to clean up the hidden rubbish and refresh it, but also a few people say you dun need to do it for Macs since it's different from PCs etc.

I personally am not in favour of formating it due to the re-installing after, but if it would make a huge differnet in terms of the preformances and speed, of cause I would go for it.

We do people think?
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Mar 30, 2007
Location: Chicago
Posts: 9
G4guy is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: PowerBook G4 17" The slow one!

G4guy is offline
My powerbook is about as old as yours and I use it no less then 8 hours a day. I run a few websites and travel alot. So it gets slow at times too. I download OnyX from and its free, really free. Cleans it up pretty well in my book. Try it out before you loose it all to a format.

QUOTE Thanks

mac57's Avatar
Member Since: Apr 29, 2006
Location: St. Somewhere
Posts: 4,560
mac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant futuremac57 has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM

mac57 is offline
I agree with G4guy. Reformatting is not the answer. Routine maintenance is the answer, and OnyX is a great place to start. Also see MainMenu, another very good offer in this space. Both it and OnyX are freeware.

My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
My iStuff: 64GB iPhone 5, 64GB iPad4, 30GB iPod Video, 16GB iPod Touch
My OS': Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS 9.2.2, openSUSE 10.3
I was on the Mac-Forums honor roll for September 2007
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« mbp drive speeds... | Macbook freezing »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
formating hard drive? wylien Other Hardware and Peripherals 4 12-02-2006 07:54 PM
iPod formating hojkoff_101 iPod Hardware and Accessories 2 09-20-2006 06:51 PM
Formating my Mac hojkoff_101 Apple Desktops 1 09-18-2006 08:35 AM
Formating HD CarlConti08 Apple Notebooks 2 09-16-2006 04:26 PM
Formating software baggss OS X - Apps and Games 3 05-08-2006 09:59 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?