Defragmenting, desktop and registry [was: file opening, again...]
- At 060423 23:09 +0000, Daryl Ngee Chinn wrote:
>By the way, whenever an icon doesn't appear as it should (in SystemActually, as John R. explained, fragmentation happens with any disk
>9/Classic), it's good to
>rebuild the desktop. I heard once that it's the Apple equivalent of
>defragmenting for Windows.
operating system (including Windows and all versions of MacOS),
simply as a consequence of files being deleted, created and changed,
without regard to what the operating system above the filer is doing.
The alternatives to fragmentation are all MUCH less efficient than
the fragmentation, but eventually the inefficiencies of a highly
fragmented disk can make defragmenting desirable - again, under any
disk operating system, though some handle it better than others.
The Mac desktop (database) is actually closer to the Windows
registry, and rebuilding the desktop is roughly similar to repairing
the registry -- which, like rebuilding the desktop, is maintenance
that should be done periodically.