Cleaning Up Mac Hard Drive is a Better Idea than an Upgrade

A slow Mac machine is a hurdle between you and your work. Performance of a computer somewhere depends on the user as well because there are a number of things that you need to keep track of. Chances are less that you ignore slow speed of your Mac when working on a project whose deadline is very close. Yeah, it is the most uncommon thing, especially in a professional environment. So, you try temporary patches or choose a solution that goes a long way? It is a wise idea to resolve the issue permanently so that you do not face slow Mac anytime soon, and hence no negative impact on productivity.

Upgrading your Mac and cleaning up its hard drive are the two techniques you can adopt to speed up your system. However, whether it is about a personal user or a business, both prefer to choose cost-effective and more efficient solution. What do you think is better out of the two? Of course, cleaning your Mac hard drive is better in context of cost, efforts, as well as ease. The post will describe how you can perform a safe cleaning of Mac hard drive along with some other important tips that will contribute to fast speed of your system. Let us go through the entire discussion.

Note: Before you get into the details, make sure that you have the latest and full backup of your Mac. It can easily be done by using Mac’s Time Machine utility.

   Cleaning up Mac Drive

As discussed above, cleaning your Mac hard drive is the biggest and wisest decision to give a hike to your Mac performance. There are various applications in your system that you rarely use. It is a relief for all Mac users that Apple has provided a smart inbuilt tool ‘Disk Utility’ for the purpose.

First, open Disk Utility program by navigating to ‘~/Applications/Utilities’ folder. In the ‘First Aid’ tab, click ‘Repair Disk’ button located in the bottom-right corner. Doing this will perform a deep scan of the desktop of your Mac and perform necessary repairs. Following, you need to clear the cache that is filled with various processes and applications. Moreover, it is also a good idea to take a look at the Applications folder and the Downloads folder where you may find some applications or executables that you kept once but forgot to use; how odd it is that you are living without it! Move such applications to Trash to reclaim and reuse some space on hard drive. Note that every application you install associates files with it that occupy hard drive space.

Besides, do you know that iPhoto and iTunes in your Mac are at the top when it comes to occupying hard drive space? To reduce this space, make sure that you move photos to an external media as well as back up the iPhoto library to other drive through Time Machine. In addition, move iTunes albums to an external media or delete the ones that you do not listen. This is how you can get more hard drive space.

It is also a time to admit that keeping iTunes and iPhoto is a laborious task. As you know that iPhoto has its own Trash, all the deleted photos move to the Trash that again become a reason for filled hard drive? Therefore, always empty the Trash because the photos will be on the drive until Trash is emptied. In iTunes, you are provided with an option to identify duplicate tracks so that you can remove the duplicate copies. You can display the duplicates by performing the following:

•    Hold down ‘Option’ key on the keyboard.
•    Select ‘File’.
•    Select ‘Display Exact Duplicates’
•    It will display a list that contains duplicate tracks.

However, some duplicates may be the live version of songs so you have to be careful. For checking it, select ‘File’, click ‘Display All’, and review the entire library.

Other than this, each Mac system offers a number of languages whose files take space on your hard drive. There are fewer chances that you are using all of the languages; therefore, remove the language files that you never use.

It is all that you can do to clean up the hard drive of your Mac machine. Next section will bring some more important tips, please continue.

An important aspect includes managing startup programs. It is all about the programs that initiate when you log in to your system. Some applications set themselves to run at startup; they may be those that you do not use at all. Such programs eat memory resources, and hence slow down the speed of the system. To disable these programs, you can simply go to ‘System Preferences’, ‘System’, ‘Users & Groups’, and then ‘Login Items’. From the displayed list, disable the items are you do not want to run at startup.

Next task is keeping track of Activity Monitor. Most of the times, you do not know what actually taxes your memory and slows down the speed. Through Activity Monitor, you can view RAM (Random Access Memory), CPU, and virtual memory usage. The information will help you find out what is eating up what amount of memory. When you find the applications that affect performance, you can minimize or even neutralize the usage if the program is not needed.

In addition, installing a capable antivirus application is also important as viruses and other malware degrade system performance. It is not the end, you also must take care of available updates and upgrades, as an advanced version is more featured and designed to fight against new virus codes.

That is it! The final thing to say is while performing any of the tasks; you need to be attentive and careful enough to avoid any kind of data loss or other problems. In case, you face loss of data, simply restore it from the backup that you have taken in the beginning.