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iMac For Dummies, 7th Edition by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 24

Tackling the Housekeeping

In This Chapter

arrow Cleaning unnecessary stuff off your hard drive

arrow Backing up your data

arrow Fixing permissions errors

arrow Automating tasks in Lion

arrow Updating Mac OS X automatically

Nothing runs better than a well-oiled machine, and your iMac is no exception. (But please, don’t ever oil your iMac — that’s just a figure of speech.) In this chapter, I demonstrate how you can make good use of every byte of storage space provided by your hard drive.

With a little Lion maintenance, such as Time Machine (for backing up and restoring your hard drive), and frequent scans of your hard drive for permissions errors, you can ensure that your iMac is performing as efficiently as possible. Automator allows your iMac to perform tasks automatically that used to require your attention. In addition, configuring Software Update to run automatically can allow you to live life free and easy, watching your favorite reality TV and eating ice cream (or yogurt — your pick).

Cleaning ...

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