A Mac is a wonderful piece of hardware. It has a great proprietary operating system. It is reliable, fast and secure. However, over time you may notice that your Mac starts to slow down and will not allow you to perform some tasks that you used to do when your Mac was new. You do not need to buy a new Mac so do not panic. You just need to do some maintenance work to increase your Mac’s performance and make it run faster. There are several tasks that you can undertake to make your Mac faster, and here are a few of them.
- Check your disk space. If your Mac has less than fifty percent disk space remaining, you need to clean up your hard drive. Delete program files that you no longer need as these applications occupy a lot of disk space. Remove program installers that you may have forgotten to delete after you have installed the software. If you need these installers, it would be best to transfer them into an optical device or an external drive to free up some space from your hard drive.
- Manage your RAM. Check the RAM settings of your Mac and restore it to its default settings.
- Increase the size of your disk cache if you have spare RAM by another megabyte for better performance.
- If you have enough RAM to spare, turn off your Mac’s the virtual memory. Turning it off will minimize access to the hard disk and the RAM will do some of the tasks performed by your hard disk.
- Delete old files that you no longer require or need. If you have several files that are very important, consider storing them in portable and external storage devices to free up much needed disk space. Delete unused fonts that will be loaded when you launch an application.
- Manage memory usage by limiting the number of applications that you keep open at once. The memory needed for all the applications to remain open and be readily available for use is huge. Do not launch and close applications now and then for these tasks taxes your Mac’s memory. It is best to keep open a few applications that you will be using constantly, such as a web browser, a document program and maybe a spreadsheet program.
- Music files and videos are huge memory hogs. Store them in CDs or DVDs and flash drives that you can readily access. It will keep your memory usage to a minimum by doing this.
- If you notice that your Mac is still slow even if you had closed some applications, try rebooting your Mac to remove data that have been collection while you were working and switching between applications. This will also clear up the clipboard which retains the files that have been copied and pasted, particularly image files and long strings of text.
- Turn off your desktop image. These are usually high-resolution images that you have downloaded or some photographs that you took yourself. These are large files that consume a lot of disk space. Try using a built-in desktop pattern or use a solid desktop theme color to minimize disk space.
These are just some of the tips that you can apply to free up valuable disk space and make your Mac run faster and more efficiently. Refer to your Mac’s user manual for more tips and advice.