Mac OS X Maintenance Checklist - dummies

By Mark L. Chambers

Part of Mac OS X Lion All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether it’s your car or your Mac, you’ve got to do the maintenance to keep things running fast and smooth. You probably already know about some of the items that show up in this table. (For example, backing up regularly — you do back up regularly, right?) Unfortunately, some other maintenance tasks don’t get as much attention, but also play a vital part in keeping your Mac in tip-top condition for as long as possible. So check this table often, or print it and keep a copy near your desktop!

Task Schedule
Check for updates with Software Update Once a week (automatic setting)
Back up with Time Machine Automatic
Defragment (Micromat TechTool Pro/Prosoft Engineering Drive
Genius 3)
Once a month
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