My 160 gig MacBook Pro disk is down to 7 gigs available, and I suspect that's why things are starting to slow down
I know I have to backup some stuff and free up room.
My question is this: After freeing up space should I do some sort of "defragging"? I know back in the DOS and early windows days defragging was crucial, but it seems I've heard some people say that OS X doesn't really care.
Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
The Mac OSX file system is based on inodes, isn't it? That would make it less susceptible to fragmentation. I used to understand why, but when I defragged my brain awhile back, I also purged a bunch of knowledge that wasn't any practical use to me. If you're interested, http://geekblog.oneandoneis2.org/index.php/2006/08/17/why_doesn_t_linux_need_defragmenting seems to be a reasonably good explanation of it. It's talking about Linux, but the basic points should carry over to OSX.