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Mac OS X Maintenance Checklist

Part of the MacBook All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Maintenance is vital if you want to keep Mac OS X Lion in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Maintaining your MacBook keeps it running fast and smooth. Basic housekeeping includes regular back-ups plus some other, less familiar, tasks. Check this table often, or print it and keep a copy near your laptop!

Mac Maintenance Task Schedule
Check for updates with Software Update Once a day (automatic setting)
Back up with Time Machine Automatic
Defragment (Micromat TechTool Pro/Prosoft Engineering Drive Genius 3) Once a week
Repair Disk Permissions (Disk Utility) Once a week
Delete Unnecessary User Accounts (System Preferences) As necessary
Scan for viruses (Intego VirusBarrier X6, ClamXav 2) Automatic
Check all volumes (Disk Utility/ Micromat TechTool Pro) Once a week
Check for the latest drivers for your hardware Once a month (or after installing new hardware)
Delete temporary Internet cache files (Prosoft Engineering Drive Genius 3) Once a month
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