I’m currently Volume-Optimizing my home drive, and it’s taking much longer than I expected.
I haven’t been on my “computer” since yesterday, and it looks like another day off it. I can’t stand it, but I also can’t give it up. Just have to grin and bear down.
It started yesterday at around 9 in the morning, and by the evening, it wasn’t even half through. It was simultaneously defragging and volume-optimizing, which I thought was making it last longer. Since I just defragged my drive the day before, I thought last night that if I just re-defragged it and then volume-optimize it, it might make it run faster, but it didn’t help. I was just set back an hour or two, and then it just continued on its slow, ponderous way, shuffling and reshuffling the files and reorganizing the drive again.
I got TechTool Pro 7 last Friday in an attempt to revive my 2GB Thunderbolt drive, but it was for naught, since the drive didn’t even want to boot up in the first place.
So I just used it to defrag and VO my 1TB archive drive, and it went well and reasonably fast, but when I tried to VO my home drive after defragging it, it told me I had to make an eDrive and boot my machine off that, before I could VO the thing. So I made an eDrive yesterday morning (it took 12GB off my free space) and started the optimization.
It essentially creates another boot drive and makes the main home drive just another secondary one that I can defrag, VO or repair as much as I want. Thing was, it operated on a shoestring setup, enabling only the most essential parts of the OS, mostly what it needs to operate. Now, it can VO my home drive, but I hadn’t realize how long it would take. All this for something whose innate value was doubtful in the first place—Macs didn’t really need defragging and optimizing, as far as I know. But every little bit helps.
It’s still there, chugging away. More than halfway through now (after last night’s abortive but ultimately useless attempt at making it run faster), but that’s after 24 hours of working steadily.
And here I am, twiddling my thumbs.
Hey man, I got websites to track, and torrents to download!
Well, at least it enabled Safari, and I’m at least able to surf (and write blog posts) while waiting. But you know what I mean. Not having full control of your system is maddening, and now it’s going on its second full day.
What the hell is it doing that’s taking so goddamn long?