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    A view newbie ?'s that I can't shake...
    A few newbie questions that don't really seem to be hurting anything but they keep popping up:

    1. When I do "get info" on my hard drive (internal and external), one of the options is to 'index' it. I think this means it makes like a list of whats on the drive so it makes searches faster but I'm not sure. And should I do this and how often should it be done.

    2. I have an external firewire hard drive that I have added but when I went to do the "repair permissions" on it to make sure everything was fine and it said permissions are not set on this drive. My question is do I need to turn this on or is it OK to leave it off and how often should I do the permissions repair maintenance?

    3. When I download an app from macupdate or versiontracker and its an update to an app already on my computer then do I just tell it to install the update at the location of the current application and it will overwrite/replace what it needs to in order to update the app or should I be doing something else here?

    4. I have a sony cybershot digital camera and when I upload the pictures from the camera into iPhoto it names them something long like "2004-12-06-0032", is there a way to tell it to name them like 001, 002, 003 and so on?

    5. Related to Number 4 ^ - I have about 200 photos in a folder that are named like noted above (2004-12-06-0032), is there a program that I can use to select all the photos and tell it to rename using a different format like 001, 002, 003 etc.

    Any help on these issues would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. You only have to index it once really. It takes a while to do it
    2. The drive is most likely not Mac formatted which is why there are no permissions. In Disk Utility go to the Erase tab and select the Mac OS X format
    3. Just tell it to install the update at the location of the current app.
    4. If you highlight all of the photos Ctrl Click go to Batch Change you can change the label on all of them to whatever you want
    5. See #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    1. You only have to index it once really. It takes a while to do it
    2. The drive is most likely not Mac formatted which is why there are no permissions. In Disk Utility go to the Erase tab and select the Mac OS X format
    3. Just tell it to install the update at the location of the current app.
    4. If you highlight all of the photos Ctrl Click go to Batch Change you can change the label on all of them to whatever you want
    5. See #4
    1. check
    2. the drive is a Lacie 160GB firewire external hard drive I bought from MacMall and formated it as HFS+. I use it to store my iTunes Library and my photos and some miscellaneous stuff. Should I not have formatted as HFS+?

    3. check
    4. check. Learn something new everyday, this is a good thing.
    5. check.

    Thanks for the answers, #2 still is stumping me.

    rberry88
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    Actually I just looked at mine and #2 is the way its supposed to be. I have an external drive and all I can do is do a Verify or Repair Disk.

    I do a repair permissions on my main drive whenever things seem to be running a little bit strange, whenever I do a system update or whenever I install programs
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    Actually I just looked at mine and #2 is the way its supposed to be. I have an external drive and all I can do is do a Verify or Repair Disk.

    I do a repair permissions on my main drive whenever things seem to be running a little bit strange, whenever I do a system update or whenever I install programs
    Ok, I'm not too worried about it then, seems to be normal.

    rberry88
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    Yes, it is normal. Permissions can only be repaired on the disk containing your system. There's no need (and no way) to repair permissions on a non-system disk.

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