Do not be frustrated if your Mac is running too slow – there are ways to speed it up. Today we will reveal a couple of tricks to make the best out of your SSD on a Mac.
- Start from scratch
If you are enjoying your freshly bought MacBook with SSD, then there is no point in making a backup with the help of Time Machine tool. The only way to get rid of all garbage that makes your computer work slow is to install all programs from scratch. There is absolutely no point to move this load to your brand new machine.
- Get an external hard drive
If you don’t have an external drive yet, then the time has come to buy one. A 1-Terabyte hard drive with USB 3.0 will cost you about 60$. There is also an option with a Thunderbolt connection for 155$. However, the best choice is a Time Capsule with wireless communications, automatic backups and collective access.
- Disable the local Time Machine
One of the innovations of the latest OS X versions is that the system creates a backup on the SSD if there is no Time Machine connected. Open About this Mac, go to the Storage section and see how much space a local backup occupies.
In our case, as you can understand from a screenshot above, local backups occupy 5.58 gigabytes. Well, this is not the worst case – this figure can be significantly larger. It depends on how long ago you made a Time Machine backup copy to an external drive. To disable local backups creation, execute the following command in terminal (you will need to enter administrator’s password):
$ sudo tmutil disablelocal
In order to enable this function back, you need to enter the following command:
$ sudo tmutil enablelocal
Mind, that local backup files are in the /.MobileBackups directory.
- Avoid unnecessary software
Uninstall all programs that you do not need. Keeping Photoshop, iPhoto and Aperture, Parallels Desktop, etc. just “for fun” is a big luxury. Make sure to get rid of rarely used programs and apps that duplicate each other’s functions.
- Transfer the iTunes, Aperture, iPhoto libraries to an external hard drive
All these programs allow you to work with multiple media libraries. Therefore, you can keep necessary photos and music on your Mac and move the archives to the Time Capsule. Visit Apple support website to find transfer instructions. To switch between them, just hold the Option key during computer start.
- Delete program localizations you don’t need
Most programs have several localizations that occupy disk space. It is advisable to leave only those that correspond to your needs. For example, if you do not speak Chinese or Korean, make sure to delete them.
- Use the cleanup programs
For this purpose, Application Cleaner Mac is perfect. It removes unnecessary localizations as well as other garbage (caches, logs, temporary files) that overloads your machine’s memory.
- Watch the Downloads folder
This is the next most littered area after iTunes and iPhoto libraries. Over time, tons of files accumulate here and most of them are unnecessary. For example, sent documents, music (record it to iTunes and delete duplicates), viewed movies and TV shows, installation files, and everything else you download from the Internet.
- Use cloud storage
There are many options here. For a couple of dollars, you may get additional gigabytes and use them as a regular external hard drive. Try Dropbox or DigitalOcian to store your media archives and see your Mac working faster.
It is a fact that overloaded Macs work unbearably slow. Tons of useless files are accumulated everywhere: media libraries, downloads, unnecessary program extensions, etc. Save your nerves, use these recommendations from Macspeed and your working experience will become more productive for sure.