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rvacs 03-14-2007 03:42 PM

General Questions / DeFrag ? / Software
Hello All,

Is there any utility package I should use with a Mac? I know I will get mixed reviews but even on the PC they have a built in Defragmentation Tool. Do you Defrag on a Mac?

Also I assume I need AntiVirus - correct.

Any other necesities? Toast? etc.


surfwax95 03-14-2007 03:51 PM

Welcome to the Mac-Forums!

Nope, Macs don't need to be defragged.

You only need anti-virus software if you're networked with PCs that could get the virus.

Nothing is deemed a necessity unless you need it...if you need Toast, buy it!

mac57 03-14-2007 06:53 PM

Welcome rvacs!!

Check out the list of "critical apps" in my Linux to Mac Switcher'd Guide at

Even though the list is in a Linux-2-Mac guide, it is not Linux specific at all; no matter what you are switching from, you will be interested in these apps.

Alexis 03-15-2007 05:36 AM

No need to defragment.

No need for antivirus.

awrence 03-16-2007 09:19 PM

I have also just bought an i-mac and a friend suggested macaroni a freeware utility that runs in the background doing general tidy ups of the harddisc. I have installed it and, fingers crossed, no problems yet. Being an (ex)windows user the ease of macosx is very reassuring but hard to get used to!

schweb 03-16-2007 09:36 PM

I'd really strongly suggest searching. Every one of your questions has been answered on the board. Always use the search feature at the top of the forum first. You'll find lots of good information.

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