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    LostDog4's Avatar
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    Nov 10, 2006
    Devon, UK
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    Drive Genius
    Hi guys, just a quick one.

    I'm a short term mac user and still coming to terms with available software, so i'm still playing around with various browsers etc.

    I'm aware that OS X doesn't really have a direct equivelant of disk defrag and a few other utilities that are available in windows. I'm guessing that the OS keps on top of itself during program installations etc so theres no need for these apps.

    However, reading this months macworld magazine, there was a review of drive genius. They sum it up as the maintenance kit that should have been shipped with your mac, which sounds extreme i know! They go on to give it a maximum 5 stars, and continue to praise this app.

    I checked some outlets of the software and people seem massively impressed with it.

    Does anyone use this app? If so, how do you get on with it, and does it live up to all the praise it recieves?

    I use my macbook excessively and am inclined to think that this will help keep its performance up at the benchmark levels....thanks in advance, i'm jsut looking for some insight.


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    Dec 20, 2006
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    I'm sure it's a great product, but I haven't tried it yet. If you've been using PCs for a long time, it might be hard to break the habit of feeling like you need to be constantly running maintenance tasks to keep your machine running smoothly. The truth is, by-and-large, OS X takes care of itself.

    There's a number of freeware utilities that essentially do the same kinds of things that Drive Genius does. In particular, Onyx and MacJanitor will do all of the maintenance operations you need to do.

    As I mentioned before, for the most part, OS X maintains itself. If your machine was left on constantly, it would periodically run these maintenance operations in the background. But since most people don't do this, these utilities can force the tasks to occur whenever you like.

    From what I've read, defragging is unnecessary on HFS partitions. The filesystem itself is designed to prevent fragmentation.

    So, in my opinion, save your money and go buy some applications. Unless you're encountering performance problems, I wouldn't worry about running maintenance tasks.

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    LostDog4's Avatar
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    Thanks cwa.

    I don't have any performance problems at all, so i think i'll take your advice and steer clear of it for now untill, if indeed, a time comes when i need something like this.

    Thanks, Ben.

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    Apple essentially tells you that if you have a reasonable amount of disk space left, Mac OS X performs on the fly, file level defraging just as part of its routine allocation algorithm. This only starts to break down when disk space is near to running out. At that point, you don't need a good defragger, you need to add a disk drive or somehow free up space.

    So, by and large, Macs simply don't need defragging at all.
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