Speed Up my Mac: How to get a faster Mac
After a long period of use, your Mac can be slower to boot, start applications, switch from one to another, open your mails or files… Quite normal considering the large number of programs having been installed on it. Also, last version of Mac Os X requires faster computer because of new functionalities.
So what should I do?
Quit Apps instead of closing their window
We’ve seen so many customers only closing the application window (kept reflex from the Microsoft Windows World) whereas they think the app is closed… It is not! The software is still into the memory, lowering the available free memory for other softwares, leading to slow down your Mac. If you see a light underneath an App in the dock, that means it is not closed. Only the “Finder” is needed to be run all the time.
Remove unwanted items launched at Startup
Remove unwanted softwares loaded at user log in. Some of this softwares may not be needed and are using memory and CPU. This is, most of the time, softwares that goes into the menu bar. Removing unwanted ones will boost your Mac at startup.
Close Unnecessary Dashboard Widgets
Same as above… Dashboard Widgets are softwares running in background. Background softwares may use low amount of CPU ressources when not idled but are consuming memory. Remove some of them if not necessary to help to speed up your Mac
Clean your Desktop
Think about each folder on your desktop is consuming a part of your memory and CPU ressources… then count how many files/folders you have on your desktop. Every single file/folder on the desktop is watched by the Operating System, Mavericks, and has to be updated at every modification. Quickview is also showing you a preview of every documents, picture, video… a lot of memory and CPU consuming… Clean your desktop by sorting and organising files/folders in the right folder. Mac Os X has a nice tree for your home folder to sort files/folders by categories… so use it to relieve your Mac.
Clear and Rebuild Mac Os X Caches
Mac Os X creates caches for Kernel Extensions, Fonts, Preferences and more… over time, Mac Os X Caches can get corrupted. This will slow down your Mac, even make your system crash. If you are not used to where to find Mac Os X caches in the Mac Os X tree, you can use great Mac Utilities like “Onyx“.
Repair Mac OS X Disk Permissions
Over time, system and application files permissions get messed up. Then you will feel your Mac is slowing down. To avoid that, fix “Disk Permissions” every once in a while to let softwares and the system work properly again.
Free Up some Disk Space
Free Disk Space is always needed by Operating Systems as well as heavy softwares. There is always Data to write on the Mac Drive. Having low free space will slow down your Mac. Use utility like “Disk Inventory X” to find out which folders are using a big percentage of the disk capacity and try to free up some space to give your Mac a new breath.
And if it is not enough… You will have to go through a Mac Upgrade.
Add more RAM to your Mac
If you feel your Mac is slow to switch between applications, to re-open softwares that were opened during the same boot session or if you are experiencing often the “Mac Spinning Ball”, it is time to upgrade the RAM (memory) of your Mac. These days, using Mavericks, a 4GB memory capacity is needed whereas 8GB is recommended. You may need 12 or 16GB if you are working on videos or photos. The investment is really cheap compared to the comfort it brings you.
Upgrade your Mac Hard Drive to a SSD
An SSD Upgrade is, by far, the Greatest Upgrade you can do to your Mac. Why?! It is because access times are reduced by almost 150 times. This is huge and it makes a huge different. And compared to any other upgrade, you will really feel the difference. Booting your Mac in 4 seconds, softwares ready as soon as you start them, saving files in seconds instead of minutes… you will feel that you were losing time before… Everyone who tried these disks will never go back to standard ones. That’s the truth!
SSD Drives are so expensive
If you have a low budget for an SSD Upgrade and that you need a high capacity drive, Apple came up with a solution… Fusion Drive. Fusion Drive combines SSD and HD for the best result. Higher performance level + Higher capacity : SSD for frequently used files and HD for low frequent use.
You may try this upgrade as it have some really good user reviews so far.