31. Maintaining Your Mac

The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies just as strongly to your Mac’s health as it does to yours. Keeping your system and software up to date, keeping your drives in order, and knowing how to check and repair minor problems can save you from larger issues. This chapter discusses some of Mac OS X’s built-in tools for maintenance, as well as some proactive measures you can take to keep your Mac healthy and to help it recover when a problem does occur.

Basic Mac Maintenance

Time and effort that you have to spend troubleshooting problems is time and effort you don’t have available to accomplish what you want to accomplish. To minimize the time you have to spend solving problems, you should ...

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