Ever ran into the fact that your Mac is getting slower and slower after a while ?
Join the club…
What exactly is slowing it down? Caches, logs, apps, widgets, language packs, plugins, hidden trashes, and large files…
Just recently I had to work around this issue for my iMac that I bought, now about 4 years ago. I have an iMac 27 inch, with 3,4 Ghz Core 7 processors and 8GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 memory.
There is so much misinformation out there, that I thought it would be a good idea to share some good info I’ve found.
Many people don’t know how to perform routine maintenance on their Macintosh computer. And many unnecessary software is sold to provide you a so called solution for your Mac. But nothing could be further from the truth. You have ” almost ” all you need already installed on your Mac.
Many software out there will cause more harm then good. Period.
BUT, I found this very good site, that gives a lot of free plain and simple advice on how to run maintenance on your beloved Mac.
Check it out : http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html
So here’s what i did to work around my slow iMac buddy.
If you want the most bang for your buck, cleaning your hard drive is by far the best and easiest way to speed up your Mac.
There is this software called ” clean my mac “… and it’s ( well almost… ) free !
Download the latest version, and run the ” Smart Cleanup “. I got rid of more then 3GB of junk on my drive !
Next open up ” Disk Utility “. Applications —->Utililties —->Disk Utility
Slow operation and generally unusual behavior are signs that may indicate that permissions need to be repaired on your Macintosh’s hard drive. To do so you can run Repair Disk Permissions from within Disk Utility
Ones Disk Utility is open you need to select the drive you want to have repaired.
ALWAYS choose the 2nd icon ! ( see red arrow on top of picture )
Next click ” Repair Disk Permissions “. ( see red arrow on bottom of picture ) This typically will take 5 minutes to perform.
Next you need to do a ” Repair Disk ” ! Here you need to click on the 1st icon ( see red arrow on picture ) and then click on the Repair Disk button.
( see red arrow on bottom of picture)
Ok, almost done !
Next you will need to download a completely free safe software to defragmentise your disk.
If you use spinning disks, you’ll have noticed that over time it takes longer and longer to access your files, to start your applications and even to start your machine.
This is an unavoidable consequence of the way hard disks work. It can be made better or worse by the design of the filesystem (and, actually, in this respect your Mac’s filesystem, HFS+, is one of the best), but in the long run there’s really no way to avoid this effect.
The cause of this slow-down is fragmentation, and when it happens, you need to defragment.
In lay men’s terms it basically means that your laser eye needs to gather all the info it needs in order to do anything you ask it for, to go and look for it all over the place, aka read Hard Drive ! This means that it takes a lot of time, and thus slows down your Mac. More and good info about defragmentation on this website : http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html
Here you can find a really good tool to safely defragmentise your Mac : http://coriolis-systems.com/iDefrag/
Select the drive you want to have defragmentized ( your HD main drive ) and let it run the process. This will take some time !
For older Mac’s and software systems you can find the right defragment software overhere : https://coriolis-systems.com/support/2015/3/which-version-idefrag-do-i-need-os-x-10x
After this your Mac should be resarted and up and running like a sprinter ! At least it worked like charm with mine !
Hope this post will help you with your slow Mac ! 🙂
All the best !