need to defrag g-4 without disk HELP

Apple / G-4
April 24, 2011 at 20:45:38
Specs: Macintosh , 58
it is running terribly, I can't afford to pay to get it done.

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April 26, 2011 at 12:40:32
Hello.

You cannot defrag on a Mac; on OS X 10.3.9 "Panther" and newer, the computer automatically "optimizes" the disk. Optimization is what OS X does to improve disk performance, over NTFS and FAT32 defragging on Windows systems. If you so wish, I can post a link for you for the knowledge base article.

You can, however, do these things:

- Archive & Install OS X (you will need a CD)
- Backup to an earlier time (OS X 10.5 "Leopard" and later)
- Reinstall OS X completely (you will need to backup all your data, then recopy)

Or, it is possible that your hard disk is going bad. On most older G4 computers, the hard disk inside is aging. It is possible it may need replaced, especially if during intensive tasks, it clicks, whines, or slows to a near halt. To best determine whether this may be the case before guessing this might be it, you can take a quick look at its health. Switch to the Finder by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock. Open the Go menu in the menubar housed at the top of the screen. Then, click Utilities. Find Disk Utility and open it. Select your hard disk from the left pane of the Disk Utility app window. Click Verify Disk and note if any serious errors in red show; also check the S.M.A.R.T. status--if anything serious is denoted there, your disk has a problem.

I hope all this helps you out. Thank you for posting--if you have any other concerns regarding your Mac, let me know. :)


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