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Summary

In this hour, you learned about the utilities and applications that help you work with your system and analyze its performance. The Disk Utility enables you to control the storage devices connected to your machine, partition and erase volumes, and create RAID arrays. Disk Copy can create and work with disk images and even burn CDs. The other applications, System Profiler, Process Viewer, and CPU Monitor, provide feedback on the software installed on your computer, who is running it, and how much of your system resources are being consumed. If you find that you rarely need these utilities, that’s great, but when you do, you’ll be glad they’re there!

Q&A

Q1: How is the CD-burning capability of Disk Copy different from the Finder?
A1: Disk Copy makes it simple to burn pre-existing images to a CD. The Finder is best for creating new disks from scratch.
Q2: How is the Process Viewer better than using the UNIX utility discussed earlier?
A2: It isn’t—it simply offers a pretty user interface to the user commands ps, top, and kill. You’re welcome to use whatever works best for you.


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