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    Onyx or Maintenance which one is better?
    Read both about Maintenance (in Chase_m's post) and Onyx (in different threads in this forum).

    Several people advised not to use other system maintenance utilities except Onyx, but Maintenance is recommended by Chase_m in his classic Switcher's essay.

    Do I need to use both? I guess they are a bit overlapping and only one would be enough? Which one is better for a newbie?

    Suggestion from experienced users would be highly appreciated.
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    They are both by the same company - both free - Maintenance is an easier program, not as feature rich as Onyx.

    Take your pick.

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    +1 for Onyx

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    Onyx +1.
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    +1 more, Onyx

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    They are the same program, made by the same people. Maintenance is just a slightly-simplified version of OnyX without quite as many features.

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    I have used onyx sense I was on tiger and have never had issues with it. S
    Another +1 for onyx.

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    Thanks a lot guys. I would go for Onyx, can't understand many things it does though! Would read the guide
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