OS 9 Habits Die Hard

November 25, 2003 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

One regular routine done by Classic MacOS users was defragmenting and/or optimizing the hard drive. The reasoning was that files occupying contiguous sectors on the disk would be faster. The problem with this reasoning under OS X is that the entire operating system is essentially file based — everything is a file, whether it is an actual hardware device, a network service, and yes, even a plain Jane text file. This MacDevCenter Guide from O’Reilly describes the things one should and should not do in order to keep their operating system in tip-top shape. Compared to Windows, it’s really not that much work, and much can even be accomplished by writing (or having someone else write) some scripts.

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