Forum Question: question about “bitrot” from non-techie

someone mentioned that I might have something called “bitrot” on my imac (my imac is not even a year old). How do I get rid of this?
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Pat

Comments: 5 Responses to “question about “bitrot” from non-techie”

    4/22/11 @ 10:26 am

    Bitrot isn’t something you should be concerned about. Especially with a new computer.
    You can see the Wikipedia page for it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_rot
    Bitrot would be something to maybe worry about if storing data CDs/DVDs or hard drives for 10+ years or some such.
    Why did someone tell you that you may have bitrot? Is there a problem that you are experiencing?

    Pat
    4/22/11 @ 12:19 pm

    I mac consultant recently looked at my computer. He had suggested bitrot since I had some really old files/photos on my computer that I had transferred over from a Dell. He suggested that my imac was running very sloooooooow

      4/22/11 @ 12:27 pm

      So he thinks that because you have some old files that you may have bitrot. That doesn’t make any sense.

    Pat
    4/22/11 @ 3:33 pm

    OK. How do I tell if my imac is running up to speed? Is there a program I can run?

      4/22/11 @ 4:12 pm

      Well, you can invest in a tool like TechTool Pro. But unless you have reason to believe that something is wrong, then it is probably a waste. Have you tried my suggestions in episode 349: http://macmost.com/fixing-a-slow-mac.html
      You can also take it to the Genius Bar and have them look if you think something is wrong.

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