Thursday, September 11, 2014

4:04 AM

Defragmenting Mac Drive

For a Windows user, defragmentation is not a new thing at all. Almost all the Windows based users must have defragmented their system at least once. This is not the same case with other platforms like Mac. Any user migrating from Windows to Mac have confusions whether to defrag their Mac or not. Usually, defragmentation is not required on Mac based systems. However, you can make use of the defragmentation option to optimize the system performance further.

Why Defragmenting Mac?

There are many users, who do not know what the disk defragmentation is all about. Is it going to help them? Disk defragmentation is a process of keeping the related data together, thus increasing the performance of the system. As a result of disk defragmentation, a user can access data much faster. Hence, it is one of the most important mechanisms to boost the system performance. However, the mechanism might differ depending upon the platform being used. In Windows, fragmentation is very common and much simpler. This is because of the various maintenance measures, which uses the inbuilt utilities to defragment the files. The process of defragmentation can be automated in many of the latest versions of Windows. However, you can always perform a manual defragmentation from time to time.

Built-in Tool in Mac?

Mac OS X on the other hand, does not have any such mechanism as provided by Windows. This is the main reason why many users think whether it is required to defrag the Mac drive or not. If yes, why Apple has not included such a feature? If we analyze the structure of Mac OS X, we can say that the defragmentation is really not required. This is because of the Mac OS X HFS Plus file system, which has the capability of self-defragmenting the files using the Hot File Adaptive Clustering (HFC) method. Moreover, the latest Mac system uses SSD, or Flash drives, which uses their TRIM technology to defragment and perform other maintenance task. Even if a user wishes to defragment the Mac system, he can make use of any of the defragmentation tool.

This does not mean that there is no fragmentation at all in Mac systems. In reality, Mac takes a very long time to fragment files. For the people who have a habit of frequently upgrading their drives it is a good sign, as they will never experience such behavior. In addition, for the people who deal with large chunks of data especially graphics designers or multimedia creators, it is an ideal option. They can get their huge chunk of data audio files, video files, application programs, etc. automatically defragmented or can use an external defragmentation tool to periodically defragment it. However, it is advised to avoid any such external tools to run on SSD flash storage drives.

There are various alternatives to defragment Mac. Apart from defragmenting the drive, you can try to format the disk. This can be done by taking a backup of the file and then restoring it back once the formatting has been done.

So, the next time you feel that your Mac is running slow, you can try few simple tricks as mentioned below.

  1. Quit all applications which are not required or which are consuming system memory.
  2. Clear caches, temporary files, and reboot the Mac system
  3. Install necessary updates including fixes for bugs.
  4. Ensure your Mac has adequate space for temporary files, caches, sleep files, etc.
  5. Use the Disk Utility and Verify Disk functionalities to check hard drive for errors.

In this way, you can easily enhance the performance of a Mac system.

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