Four Hot Tips to Improve Your Mac
Author: Mitchell Kasdin, BMUG
Date: October November, 1992
Keywords: upgrade norton utilities mactools fragmentation
Text: If you are like most Mac users, you spend a fair amount of time in front of your computer, but how well do you know your Mac? Does it have a name? Does it sit, stay, and fetch on command, or does it eat your files at the most in-opportune times? Certainly we have all experienced these frustrations, but wouldn't it be nice if your Mac went to obedience school and listened like a well-trained Golden Retriever? Below is a list of items that you should purchase to teach your old Mac new tricks. Sooner or later you will need to use Norton Utilities or MacTools. Not only can the programs recover irretrievably lost data on your floppy or hard drive, restore your hard drive, prevent accidental erasure, and search a 40 meg hard drive in under 5 seconds, but it can also optimize your hard drive. Each time you copy, delete or move a file your computer writes onto various sectors of your hard drive. In time, files become fragmented, a section here and a section there. This means that the application needs to search through your hard disk to find all the pieces. Fortunately, either of these programs can maximize the performance of your hard drive by putting all the files together. Typically, the System Folder is at the beginning and unused hard disk space is in one contiguous unit. This is essential for anyone using virtual memory under System 7. While we are on the subject of disk space I should also recommend Disk Doubler by Salient Software, which auto-matically compresses and expands all your files. Whether it is a HyperCard stack, a text document, or a spreadsheet it will compress it. After using the software for over one year I have never experienced any difficulties. The software expands and decompresses files very quickly, runs automatically once the INIT is installed, and frees megabyte upon megabyte of disk space. Typically, it will reduce files to less than 50% of the original size, and on one occasion I reduced a 6 meg Pagemaker document to 1.5 megs. Hey, don't take my word for it, go out and try it for yourself.
Copyright © october november, 1992 by Mitchell Kasdin, BMUG