MacTip: Disk Utility

No computer operating system is perfect, even Mac OS X. Here is a tip to prevent some problems from occurring on your Mac:

What you've done is repair permissions settings for critical files on your hard drive. With Mac OS X, every file on your Mac has a set of permissions which determines which computer process and user can view or change a file. If permissions are incorrect, it may not be usable.

If certain critical files can't be used because of bad permissions, certain procedures may no longer work. Since this is a recurring problem in Mac OS X, you should repair disk permissions about once a month to keep your Mac in better shape.

For users of Leopard, be warned: Running Disk Utility in Mac OS X v10.5.x, codenamed Leopard, can take significantly longer than previous versions of Mac OS X. Apple fixed this problem in Mac OS X v10.3, codenamed Snow Leopard, which is just one reason why it's a good idea to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

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