12 Steps to Improving Your Mac's Performance
Subject:   From the Author
Date:   2004-07-20 13:41:35
From:   JoliBallew
While highly technical Mac users may not agree with some of my suggestions, I do believe that most Mac users will certainly benefit from them, especially the novices that will be purchasing the book. It makes perfect sense to make sure you're getting updates, that your computer is secure, that your files are organized, and that you have a backup strategy. It's also true that the computer will perform better, folders, files, and programs will open faster, and you'll be able to work smarter and faster if your computer isn't gunked up with unnecessary programs, fonts, and other data. You shouldn't have to wade through stuff you don't need to find what you do, and neither should your computer. I believe this is good advice for anyone, and I believe (and through my experiences and others') that it works.

About fragmentation, Apple has this to say about it: "If your disks are almost full, and you often modify or create large files (such as editing video, but see the Tip below if you use iMovie and Mac OS X Panther), there's a chance they could be fragmented. In this case, you might benefit from defragmentation, which might be performed with third-party disk utilities."

I'll agree with some of the commenters that perhaps I stretched that a bit, by encouraging all users to defragment their drives, and perhaps defragmenting is not the best advice for
everyone and every situation. I do appreciate those of you who have brought this to my attention though, and I will certainly put some more research into it. As we all know by now, though, fragmentation is a volatile subject, and a source of contention even at sites I trust the most, like Experts Exchange, and everyone has an

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