There are plenty of tips and techniques available to a Mac user, which upon implementing on the drive bestows immediate relief for the Mac OS X. An almost completely filled Mac hard drive is choked due to presence of huge pool of data and absence of free space makes the OS X perform slow as regards the user’s expectations. Speedup Mac tips are best suited for old Macs & hard drives but can also be applied to any hard drive that are on the verge of getting almost full.
Let’s ask ourselves about the below mentioned tips:
Starting with the Mac Restarts: Ask yourself, how often you restart your machine even if its working fine. Obliviously, when the OS X freezes, the user had last option to restart it or force shut-down the Mac. But even in normal working conditions it is advised to restart the Mac machine when duration of work is bound to stretch for many hours. The restart makes the machine to boot fresh and re-brush its applications.
Is my software up-to-date: Software updates are frequent and missed by maximum percentage of users. The best place to look out for the latest software is the Mac App Store, where software are reviewed by Apple before making it available to users for installation. Otherwise, if you have any own trusted source of software downloads and updates, it’s completely fine and safe. Here, users must take care that while updating an old tool to its latest version; it may happen that all the files of the older versions are not immediately replaced by the new ones. Later, you may need to remove those left old files manually.
Am I running the hardware test/anti-virus test on my Mac? For Intel based Macs, user can choose to run hardware test which is able to report any flaw encountered while testing. To read more about the hardware test visit Apple.com/KB/HT1509. Same goes with the anti-virus test, although a Mac user may not accept if his machine is vulnerable to viruses and all, but for the machine’s safety, download a free anti-virus from the Internet and launch the scan. However, past malicious activities on Mac can’t be ignored and lets not presume that Macs are 100% safe. (Yeah, they are less targeted by hackers, as hackers seems to be more interested in penetrating PCs)
Run Disk utility maintenance for individual volumes and HDD: Launch Disk-Utility, one stop solution for all Macs, and select volumes, hard drives to run verification of the disk and permissions. The verification report either ends with ‘OK‘ or with some errors highlighted in Red color. If somehow, disk utility fails to fix the errors found on the drive (May happen in worse drive corruption case), use Installation disk to verify and repair permissions on the drive.
How frequently should I use Activity Monitor to keep an eye on the memory consumption: Yes, with the help of the Activity Monitor on Mac, the memory consumption by an application can be monitored and you can know whether the application is consuming more than required space/power/RAM from the Mac OS X. Take widgets for example, they tend to run in background without the knowledge of the user and unnecessarily use the memory.
How can I locate and clean junk files? All the details of the activity done on Mac, browsers are stored in the form of caches and log files. Although, nature of such files may not be harmful for the OS X performance, but few cache files are large in size resulting in occupying huge amount of space on the Mac drive. You can locate such temporary files in the library folder of the Mac. Trash them to save drive space. Deleting Internet cache files may result into slow INTERNET browsing experience.
How can I fasten my browsing experience: Although it has nothing to do with the hard drive space, but many users do face problem in accessing videos on sites. To overcome this problem, open a video site (say YouTube.com) and select a video for buffering, right-click the mouse to view the flash player information. An older version of flash will make the video browsing pathetic, update the flash accordingly, and enjoy playing videos smoothly than before.
Bio: This post is written by Vishal. Other than the above tips, there are hundreds of speed up tools for slow Macs which can be used to fasten Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion version of Mac OS.