How to speed up your MAC

Lalarukh Ahmed

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11 May

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Has your MAC become as slow as a snail over time? Does it keep you waiting for essential tasks and tends to need some rest now and then? Well, if this is the case, you might be in need to perform a thorough checkup of your MAC. Just don’t forget to backup your data before you proceed.

Clean your Hard Drive

After a while of owning a MAC when the initial charm and carefulness has worn out, your MAC will probably have a lot of programs, files or folders that you may even not remember. Such programs that you don’t use still cost the MAC memory space that just might be the reason that it has become slow over time. Sadly, MAC OS X doesn’t come equipped with any uninstaller. If you just delete the folders of the programs in question, they’ll still have some part in the memory. Therefore, take help from a third party application like AppZapper, which takes care of the uninstalling process for you. Bear in mind, however, that this tool is free for only first five un-installations.

Move on to an SSD

If you have not yet made the shift from hard drive to SSD, it’s about time that you do.  The process of replacing an old hard drive with an SSD is not that complicated and you can get a lot of online help. Kits to aid you in the process with all the required tools are also readily available in the market. All you need to do is have some spare time on your hands, preferably a weekend. Do not forget to backup data from your old hard drive to a safe location while you are at it. The most time-consuming process in all of this would be the data cloning to your new SSD. This may take up to half a day, but mostly it depends on the size of data that needs to be cloned.

Add more memory

One of the major reasons for the slow function of a MAC is its running out of memory. Like hard disks, installing new RAM also requires the MAC to be opened up, and the memory be installed manually. This is also an essential task and can be done at home with a little time and care. The most crucial part, however, is not the replacement of the memory but choosing the right type of RAM for your MAC. To get some help in this regard you can check the Apple support page and do some research on the internet. Remember that the RAM, which did wonders for someone else may or may not be a good option for your MAC. So, carefully analyze the speed, size and cost of the RAM that you need according to the MAC that you own.

Keep a check on Login Items

Login Items are the processes that start up as soon as you turn on your MAC. Some of these are system processes that ensure that your MAC keeps running smoothly, others like your browser, for instance just add to the lagging time. Go to System Preferences -> Users & Groups->Login Items to see which processes are hindering the function of your MAC. uncheck items that you do not need when the MAC starts up, abstain from unchecking those which you do not understand before doing your research on them.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 7:37 PM and is filed under Computers, How To. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Lalarukh Ahmed

About Lalarukh Ahmed

Lalarukh is a seasoned writer with a tongue-in-cheek style of writing for technology, gadgets and dark fiction.

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