Programs to Maintain your Mac
Posted 14 September 2010 - 05:14 PM
I have just found my Mac isn't as fast as it used to be, and I was thinking of using one of these programs. I have done the usual maintenance such as Zapping the PRAM and checking login items. It has sped up my Mac somewhat, but I'm wondering if I could do more?
I have used Disk utility to check my hard drive and it appears o.k.
I was thinking of removing my preferences and then seeing if that would make a difference. I have just forgotten the best way to do that. Do I make a copy of them onto my desktop and then delete them and then restart my Mac and add them back slowly to try and see if that makes a difference, or when I start up the Mac will it just re-create the preferences files automatically? What is the best way to do this?
I would appreciate feedback...
Posted 14 September 2010 - 08:57 PM
Also, check how many login items you have in the system preferences. These can slow things down. I try to limit the number of third party applications that run in the background also. Open Activity monitor and see how many processes you have running at boot time. Work your way through the list to see if there are any that you don't need. Some applications install background processes that really aren't necessary in my opinion. I find that even if iDefrag reports that the volume is not particularly fragmented, if the free space is heavily fragmented, that will have a significant effect on the speed of the system.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:05 PM
+1, where OnyX is concerned. Running those daily/weekly/monthly cron jobs that otherwise might not get executed can certainly be worthwhile.