Optimize your Mac hard drive with 3 old school tips

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With the passage of time, some things, such as cheese and wine, get better and better. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said regarding computer performance, writes Douglas Gordon.

Sadly, the passage of time cripples the Mac's hard drive performance and makes us question as to "Why my Mac is running so slow?"

But was my Mac always as slow as it is nowadays? Of course No.

Go back in time and remember the moment when the Mac was unboxed and operated for the very first time. At that moment, it had no speed backlogs, no freezing, no halts and no performance degradations. All we had was a smooth running OS X.

Just in a couple of years or more, the Mac system runs like its system software doesn't match up with its hardware. Thanks to some readily available tweaks, the performance of the Mac and OS X could be potentially improved. [Refer to this OS X application for optimizing Mac hard drive quickly, Stellar Speedup Mac Platinum Edition, rather manually.]

Clean up the Mac Hard Drive (#1)

Start up the Mac optimization with cleaning up the scattered junk files from the Mac hard drive. Below are those places that are infamous for accumulating garbage with or without your knowledge.

  1. Trash folder - Right click on Trash icon to empty trash
  2. Downloads folder - Remove downloaded unused files including DMGs and PKGs
  3. iTunes library - Get rid of duplicate music files
  4. Caches - Get rid of unused and old caches
  5. Manage Login Items
  6. Find and remove duplicate files from Macintosh HD
  7. Remove unwanted language packs

Golden Rule

Your Macintosh HD, which is a startup disk, should have at least 10% - 15% of the free spaces w.r.t the total hard drive size.

Repair the Mac Hard Drive (#2)

After a much needed Mac hard drive clean up, you should focus on repairing the wear and tears of the hard drive that is within the scope of Disk Utility. In this regard,

  1. Start up your Mac and launch Disk Utility.
  2. Select Macintosh HD and click the First Aid button to start repairing hard drive file system.
  3. The Partition Map Appears to be OK.

Disk Utility in OS X on the Apple Mac

After performing the above two operations, your hard drive becomes cleaner, leaner having plenty of free spaces and file system errors too gets rectified through Disk Utility’s repair.

Backup and erase the Mac's hard drive

If the Mac's startup disk possesses major file system corruption that is beyond repairable by Disk Utility, then take an instant backup of your Mac hard drive. Once the latest Mac hard drive backup is safe, restore your Mac using OS X Recovery.

Reinstall OS X on the Apple Mac

Resize the Mac Hard Drive (#3)

If your hard drive is segregated into more than one partition, then you must enlarge the OS X partition and allow more free spaces for OS X to compute. To do this,

  1. Go to Disk Utility and select the parent hard drive, Apple HDD XXX-YYY-ZZZ
  2. Click on the Partition button to resize Mac partitions as per choice
  3. On OS X Yosemite 10.10 and below, use the mouse on the partition edge to expand and trim a particular partition. Decrease the partition size of the non-startup disk partition so that the Macintosh HD takes the available spaces.
  4. On OS X El Capitan 10.11, you need to drag the edge of the partition sideways to enlarge and lessen the size of a Mac partition.

Resize the partitions on the disk in OS X on the Apple Mac

Final thoughts

The tips listed above don’t require an investment for optimizing your Mac performance. All it requires is some time and your effort to achieve a peak performance.
It is also necessary to make sure your Mac is backed up through Time Machine or another application, because cleaning up Mac hard drive and resizing the OS X partitions, may lead to severe loss of data.


AuthorDouglas Gordon loves to write about the Apple Mac.


 

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