How to Speed up Slow External Hard Drive on Mac OS

Summary: Are you facing slow external hard drive problem on Mac and, wants to improve its performance, then you are landing on the right post. In the below-written article, you will learn all the essential tips and a Mac cleaner software for improving the slow running external drive performance.

Last week, I received a message from a Mac user explaining his problem as “My external hard drive is going slower and slower with the passes of time. I bought the external drive Transcend TS580GSJ45D6 540 GB in August 2012. It works very well for initial few years, but from last few months, it works very slower. Even using it for Time Machine, the average data transfer rate was near about 1.5 MBPS. I don’t have any idea why it is so much slow; please help me!”

The question mentioned above regarding slow external hard drive is quite common for those users who regularly use external hard drive for a different kind of purpose. Along with that, there are certain other hidden factors, which make an external hard drive to run slow.

Slow External Hard Drive Reasons in Mac OS:

There can be different reasons for the slow external drive. Some of the most common one’s are given below.

A) Hidden errors:

  1. Long time in external hard drive defragmentation
  2. Logic Errors
  3. Bad sectors on external drive
  4. Too many apps are running while the drive is in active mode
  5. Torrents

B) Internal and External problem

  1. Outdated OS X
  2. Duplicate video, pictures and other files on external hard drive
  3. StartUp items problems while connecting external hard drive to Mac
  4. Large size apps on the external hard drive
  5. Too much old external hard drive

Mac External Hard Drive Speedup Tips:

There are some useful tips to improve the performance of a slow running macOS external hard drive.

  1. Activity Monitor Lookup: Watching and monitoring a close look at the Mac activity monitor can sometimes help in improving the slow running external drive performance.
  2. Proper StartUp items management: When you start a Mac, too many icons starts automatically in the Mac OS background. Properly managing the StartUp items can also helpful in improving the slow external drive performance.
  3. Visual effects Turning Off: Turning off the visual effects on Mac OS can also useful in improving the performance of an external drive.

Clean up external hard drive using Mac Cleaning Software: If none of the above written external hard drive cleaning tips helps you in improving the slow drive performance, then the last option is to clean up it.

For cleaning up an external hard drive on Mac, Stellar Speedup Mac Software is the best available option. This Mac cleaning application free up the extra disk space occupied by useless files like junk, cache, duplicate, binary, universal, large, etc. and improve the overall data transfer rate.

Clean up Duplicates Files from Mac External Hard Drive:- Duplicate files exist on the external drive are a completely waste of drive space. Also, they can consume that precious SSD space on a modern Mac and clutter the user Time Machine backups. Identifying and removing them from the hard drive will result in an improved Mac performance. Stellar Speedup Mac Software automatically identifies and remove the duplicate files present on the external drive and improve its performance.

Clean up unused large files from Mac external hard drive:- When a large size file gets stored on the external Mac hard drive, they occupied a lot of hard drive space. In such cases, identifying and removing the unused large files can dramatically help in improving the performance of a slow external hard drive.

Repair Disk Utility to resolve slow external drive problem: Repairing the Mac disk utility can also helpful in improving the performance of a slow external hard drive.

To repair the disk utility, boot your Mac computer into a single user mode by pressing down the “Command + S” keys from Mac keyword. Once you hear the small boot chime noise, it will indicate that you have entered in Single user mode. Now, press the below command:

fsck -fy

After the completion of the fsck command, you will receive a “file-system modified” message. Now reboot the Mac to complete the repairing process.

Author Note: The above-mentioned external hard drive speed up tips are some of the useful tips for improving a slow running external drive performance. Also, if you are not able to improve the external hard drive performance, then the last bet is to use the Stellar Speedup Mac Software.

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