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Apple Training Series: Desktop and Portable Systems, Second Edition by Peachpit Press

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Mac OS X Tools Overview

Mac OS X comes with a number of utilities that can provide insight into the operation of the computer. Three major tools that are only for Mac OS X are Disk Utility, Console, and Terminal.

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Detailed training on Mac OS X is available from Apple Worldwide Customer Training. For more information, see http://train.apple.com.

Disk Utility

Disk Utility for Mac OS X combines some of the features of Disk First Aid and Drive Setup, which are separate utilities that require Mac OS 9. Using Disk Utility, you can:

  • Obtain information about a hard disk, including its format, capacity, and number of files

  • Verify and repair any Mac OS Standard (HFS), Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus), or UFS formatted disk

  • Erase the contents of a hard disk, ...

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