Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Tips to speedup slow Mac startup

Is your slow Mac start up is irritating? What happens if it become unresponsive? So, maintaining the Mac computers or notebooks is a very efficient task which needs to be performed in an effective manner. Lets see some of the main reasons behind this hurdle and try to rectify it:

Managing StartUp items

At the time of installing apps, these apps automatically get loaded when you boot up your Mac. So, to manage your startup items, click on the Apple logo and then System preferences. Then click on the icon named Users and Groups. After that choose Login items and remove the items from the list. There is another way of removing the Startup items manually. Just open a new Finder window, press Command + Shift + G and type directory path i.e. /library/startupitems. After doing this, reboot your Mac and analyze the changes.

Cleaning up the hard drive

Hard drive is the main reason for the slow Mac startup. Removing old files and unnecessary items will lead to regain disk space which ultimately results in faster booting of the system. If there is large amount of data on the hard drive, then the amount of memory will be lesser for the smooth functioning of the background applications.

Upgrade RAM and SSD

Upgrading RAM will solve most of the issues related to slow start up. If your background applications need more memory to run, so you need to have more RAM to ensure the faster working of the Mac. It depends completely on the Mac about how much memory your Mac can support. Just discuss this issue with the professional as it completely depends upon the applications that you are using. For graphic editors such as Adobe Photoshop, usually 4 GB of memory is recommended, but using more than 4 GB of memory will enhance the overall system speed. So RAM is a major issue to be discussed. Another extremely important issue is to replace the hard drive to an SSD. SSD are the smarter choice for the faster boot up and load time to boost up the performance.

Corrupt Preferences file

Corrupt preference file is one the major cause of slow Mac startup. In such a case, delete your corrupt preference file and relaunch the application. But before deleting the files, just ensure the Time Machine back up of the data, so that in case you lost some file, you can easily restore it.

Permission conflict and many widgets on Dashboard

Widgets on the dashboard uses memory. So, managing them properly is an efficient task. Repairing permissions is an important task to be carried on, as it makes the system slow and sometimes applications runs weirdly also. Every file in Mac OS X has a set of permissions and permissions can be incorrect or not according to the guidelines of the operating system. So, to repair the permissions, one needs to select the Disk Utility first aid option to repair it.

CPU utilization

If the processor is utilizing lot of space, it will drastically slow down the Mac. Open the Activity Monitor to analyze the usage history. Just check the culprit, which are the topmost items and free up the space in CPU.

Older OS X

OS X upgrade is required time to time to eradicate the chances of slow Mac. If the Mac OS X is updated frequently, it will surely resolve the issues related to start up.

So, the above points of managing the Mac ensure the faster speed and reliability. But if still the Mac is slow then there must be some duplicate files, hidden files etc which can only be removed with the help of some good software available in the market. Today, lot of freeware & shareware software are there to perform this task in minutes. These software helps to clear all the junk automatically, reducing the effort to clean up the files. So, try to manage your Mac effectively for the faster speed.