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Optimization tricks for Speed Disk Apps
Using Speed Disk to optimize an OS X volume usually doesn't help much with the spining beachball problem because it doesn't put OS X files at the fastest parts of the disk. To help fix this problem, use the Speed Disk Profile editor to create a new profile. The goal is to put important OS X stuff at the fastest part of the disk.

Make a category called OS X. Specify a criteria. Don't specify a file type. Specify a folders (up to 4) - Now enter the OS X system folders, like "system", "user", "library", etc. Since I never use Classic or any OS 9 stuff, I put anything in the "System Folder" and all OS 9 stuff at the bottom of the sorting list. I made another category for the Apps I often use like Mail, iTunes, Internet Explorer etc. I named it FaveApps put it 2nd in the list. I made the free space category the 3rd item in the list.

After I optimised using this profile, I found the beach ball would appear much less frequently. Since I don't have another partition for my swap file, I don't know if this is better than that technique for killing the beachball.

[Editor's note: I have never used Speed Disk so I can't vouch for the effectiveness of this particular tip.]
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RE: Optimization tricks for Speed Disk
Authored by: fcote on Apr 25, '02 08:12:38PM
Since Speed Disk scrap one of my 2 HD (60 GB), I don't trust it for any HD that use Mac OS X. I use the best software existing for optimizing, PlusOptimizer from Alsoft. DiskWarrior is an excellent tool too from the same company. Alsoft is suppose to working right now on a version of DiskWarrior to be able to use it on Mac OS X and not only OS 9. I cannot wait! =)

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RE: Optimization tricks for Speed Disk
Authored by: gameraboy on Apr 26, '02 12:45:26AM

Actually DiskWarrior, the latest version, works perfectly with OS X drives. You boot of the DiskWarrior CD to OS 9, but it has been designed to handle OS X drives. PlusOptimizer too. I LOVE DiskWarrior, works amazingly well. Never ever ever use a Norton app other than AntiVirus. I've heard nothing but horror stories. Funny that the new NSW CD includes a light version of DiskWarrior with it!

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Speed Disk safe?
Authored by: BruceM. on Apr 26, '02 01:19:34AM

I must say that I have used Speed Disk (not System 2.0) at least 30 times on OS9 systems and now at least 15 times with OSX, without ever experiencing the slightest problem or worrisome idiosynchrocies. Maybe its dumb luck or I'm tempting fate, but some things I always do before Speed Disk is to run Disk Warrior and TechToolPro first, never use Disk Doctor (that one does seem to be flakey, often wanting to reverse TTP repairs) and to optimize often, rather than infrequently as fragmentation grows large. I'm aware that some believe optimizing/defrag to be unecessary or even counter-productive with Unix, but I always see a performance boost after, even if modest at times. Stable, no quits and fsck - y never detects errors either. Of course, everything is always totally backed-up with a mirror system at the ready, just in case, so I can continue to experiment freely.

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Speed Disk safe?
Authored by: allenwatson on Dec 12, '02 07:26:55PM

I, too, have used Speed Disk a dozen times or so on my OS X system disk, with no apparent ill effects.
As has been said, avoid Disk Doctor and use Disk Warrior. I have had Speed Disk tell
me that it could not optimize my drive because of corruption immediately after running
OS X Disk Repair on it. I ran Disk Repair again and i found no problems. Then ran Disk Warrior,
and when I tried Speed Disk again, it ran without complaint. So DW fixes problems Disk Repair does
not even see.

As for the profiling trick with Speed Disk, it seems like it ought to work. The only criticism of Speed Disk I have seen is that it does not give good placement to OS X files, and that's what the profile does. I am giving it a try,
because if I can get decent results with Speed Disk I will definitely choose it over Plus
Optimizer, because the latter takes four or five times as long to optimize a disk. I had never
tried using the Profile Editor program before. It was not very intuitive, and took a good
deal of clicking on menus and things to find the ways to set things. Then, in Speed
Disk itself, the way of accessing the stored profile wasn't apparent either! You have to explore
sub-menus to find the way to "Add Profile", and then to choose it from the list once
you've added it. But having done that, it worked fine.

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