4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2009 6:34 PM by vkymonkey
vkymonkey Level 1 (0 points)
I've done some searching online for something to help optimize my old iMac that is running 10.3.9. I just want to clean up the hard drive, check if there are viruses, remove spyware, etc. The iMac is not hooked to the internet, but it has been in the past. Right now, I just want to optimize the hard drive. I found an old Norton Utilities 6.0 software, but I don't know if it will work on 10.3.9.

Does anyone know if it does or if there is any other software that can help?

G4, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • littleshoulders Level 6 (9,525 points)
    Hi vkymonkey,

    One good resource for OS maintenance are the tips found in the FAQs authored by Dr. Smoke:

    X-Lab "Freqently Asked Questions About Mac OS X"

    Try reading the FAQ's concerning "Backup and Recovery", "Maintaining Mac OS X", "Running the Mac OS X maintenance scripts", "Tuning Mac OS X performance", and "Detecting and avoiding malware and spyware".

    Also see: Nubz N.'s links to User Contributed Tips concerning Security & Trojan Detection and Removal found right here in the Apple Discussions.

    I would not recommend Norton Disk Doctor for OS X 10.3.

    hope that helps some to get you started,

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)
    You don't need to optimize/defrag your hard drive using OS X. See *About disk optimization with Mac OS X*

    Another great utility, that's more powerful than Disk Utility, is DiskWarrior by Alsoft http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/index.html

     Cheers, Tom

  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)
    Kappy's Personal Suggestions for OS X Maintenance

    For disk repairs use Disk Utility. For situations DU cannot handle the best third-party utilities are: Disk Warrior; DW only fixes problems with the disk directory, but most disk problems are caused by directory corruption; Disk Warrior 4.x is now Intel Mac compatible. TechTool Pro provides additional repair options including file repair and recovery, system diagnostics, and disk defragmentation. TechTool Pro 4.5.1 or higher are Intel Mac compatible; Drive Genius is similar to TechTool Pro in terms of the various repair services provided. Versions 1.5.1 or later are Intel Mac compatible.

    OS X performs certain maintenance functions that are scheduled to occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly period. The maintenance scripts run in the early AM only if the computer is turned on 24/7 (no sleep.) If this isn't the case, then an excellent solution is to download and install a shareware utility such as Macaroni, JAW PseudoAnacron, or Anacron that will automate the maintenance activity regardless of whether the computer is turned off or asleep. Dependence upon third-party utilities to run the periodic maintenance scripts had been significantly reduced in Tiger and Leopard.

    OS X automatically defrags files less than 20 MBs in size, so unless you have a disk full of very large files there's little need for defragmenting the hard drive. As for virus protection there are few if any such animals affecting OS X. You can protect the computer easily using the freeware Open Source virus protection software ClamXAV. Personally I would avoid most commercial anti-virus software because of their potential for causing problems.

    I would also recommend downloading the shareware utility TinkerTool System that you can use for periodic maintenance such as removing old logfiles and archives, clearing caches, etc.

    For emergency repairs install the freeware utility Applejack. If you cannot start up in OS X, you may be able to start in single-user mode from which you can run Applejack to do a whole set of repair and maintenance routines from the commandline. Note that AppleJack 1.5 is required for Leopard.

    When you install any new system software or updates be sure to repair the hard drive and permissions beforehand. I also recommend booting into safe mode before doing system software updates.

    Get an external Firewire drive at least equal in size to the internal hard drive and make (and maintain) a bootable clone/backup. You can make a bootable clone using the Restore option of Disk Utility. You can also make and maintain clones with good backup software. My personal recommendations are (order is not significant):

    1. Retrospect Desktop (Commercial - not yet universal binary)
    2. Synchronize! Pro X (Commercial)
    3. Synk (Backup, Standard, or Pro)
    4. Deja Vu (Shareware)
    5. Carbon Copy Cloner (Donationware)
    6. SuperDuper! (Commercial)
    7. Intego Personal Backup (Commercial)
    8. Data Backup (Commercial)
    9. SilverKeeper 2.0 (Freeware)
    10. MimMac (Commercial)
    11. CloneTool Hatchery (Shareware)
    12. Clone X (Commercial)

    The following utilities can also be used for backup, but cannot create bootable clones:

    1. Backup (requires a .Mac account with Apple both to get the software and to use it.)
    2. Toast
    3. Impression
    4. arRSync

    Apple's Backup is a full backup tool capable of also backing up across multiple media such as CD/DVD. However, it cannot create bootable backups. It is primarily an "archiving" utility as are the other two.

    Impression and Toast are disk image based backups, only. Particularly useful if you need to backup to CD/DVD across multiple media.

    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQs on maintenance, optimization, virus protection, and backup and restore.

    Additional suggestions will be found in Mac Maintenance Quick Assist.

    Referenced software can be found at www.versiontracker.com and www.macupdate.com.
  • vkymonkey Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks everyone, this is all great info!