As with any type of worthwhile investment, it can be really frustrating to have it become defected in some way. This is also the case when it comes to having a Mac. By the time one would have all kind of viable information, games, and other treasures on a Mac, it will began to slow down which could be really frustrating, especially considering how important computers are in this highly technical age. Nevertheless, there are measure one can take to increase the speed of a Mac. But before taking on the following steps, it would behoove anyone to take caution in backing up the computer data.
1. Replacing the hard drive with an SSD
SSD, aka solid-state drive, is easy to do, and it makes a big impact in performance. For upgrading to a SSD for pictures, all one must do is to buy the appropriate SSD at a reliable place like Amazon and replace it with the use of a screwdriver to hold the hard drive in place. It may be required to purchase a USB cable kit as well.
2. Adding more RAM- memory
It’s important to obtain the proper memory for the specific Mac. The Apple support page would assist in showing the memory specifications for different models as well as show an illustrated tutorial on replacing the memory.
3. Clean up space on the hard drive
This could be done in various ways. For one, uninstalling old apps may be required, if it’s not needed anymore. AppZapper can uninstall the apps since Mac OS X doesn’t have an uninstaller built in. Secondly, cleaning up the apps still in use would gain plenty of space. And lastly, it’s important to delete huge files that are unused. Chances are they are not needed especially if it hasn’t been used in a long time, or even remembered.
This is done by using “Finder” to search for the big files. Then, one must choose “file” and then “find” (or Command-F). Next, one must click on the pull down menu, select other, check “file size”, uncheck any of the other boxes, and click on “OK”. Afterwards, one must change the “equals” pull down menu to “is greater than” and alternate from KB to MB. The minimum file size must be chosen, and then there is the option in deleting any file no longer needed.
4. Staying updated with OS X
There are free upgrades on new versions of OS X that Apple releases sometimes. So, it will behoove anyone to check periodically on the Mac App Store’s update tab. It’s also important not to ignore when there are notifications that updates are ready for installation. If these steps are not adhere to, the Mac may not run safely and smoothly.