2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2012 7:40 PM by fane_j
raymondfromhuntersville Level 1 (0 points)

What do you do to clean up hard drive?  Can you defrag and delete files like a pc?  Wher is a sorce to explain these poceedures?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 (5,760 points)

    Mac OS X has a defragger built in (up to a max size-limit). So generally you don't have to worry about it.

  • fane_j Level 4 (3,660 points)

    Although this




    is officially obsolete, it will still give you basic info you're looking for.


    Unless you're doing video editing, or you're very low in disk space, defragmenting on Mac OS X is a waste of time and potential danger of data loss (if you get a power outage during the process).


    If you're very low in disk space, you might benefit from defragmenting; however, that should be your positively last option. It's much better to clear up space by deleting or archiving files no longer needed, or to increase your storage by replacing your hard disk or getting an external disk. (You might be told that Mac OS X requires 10% or 15% or 20% of your hard disk as free space in order to run well. That's an urban legend.)