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Discussion in 'Mac OS X System & Mac Software' started by JazzAzz, Jul 12, 2017.
Is it necessary??? Do any of you do it, and if yes, HOW???
Totally unnecessary. Restart once in awhile.
A long time ago it used to be recommended, but not any longer.
Sounds like a question a MS Windows user would ask.
Not if your an old timer (such as me ) and remember doing the defrag as a regular routine to keep the machine running smoothly.
I have a CyberPal, who says, "If it has a HD (Which mine does, 1TB), then it needs to be defragged," but of course he is a Windows Dude. When I Googled it, it was confusing to me, because, apparently it can be done.
Not something that needs to be done on my Chromebook either. Most CB owners bought one with an SSD, but I bought a model with a 320G HD (A better choice to me, than a wimpy 16G SSD )
If you are running the latest OS X (or close to the latest), don’t worry about it. If you are running OS 9, then you need to refresh the desktop database and defrag using a third party program.
I'm running MacOS Sierra 10.12.5, I suppose the latest & greatest
Some folks still say that an occasional defrag is relevant, even for an SSD, with certain specific types of tasks. One such task is audio recording, and editing that recorded audio. Most tasks that any "normal" computer user would not really have any noticeable benefit. This has been the norm with OS X, probably since early on in OS X development, and particularly once Apple moved to the Intel platform. Lots of changes in the system code at that time.
And, of course, even less likelihood of a need if you have an SSD as a boot drive.
There still exists the iDefrag app from Coriolis
They want to sell you something --- but there's also some good information if you want to try a defrag to find out if it is something worthwhile to you.
You only need one free program called EtreCheck. Just think of it as a Super System Reporter that shows you Everything and thevpaths to manually delete the old/offending programs! It will fast become your favorite programs!
Just remember to reboot after deleting anything!