All You Need to Know for Improving the Performance of a Slow Mac

As you know, Mac OS X holds the title of being a best computer operating system, which is because of its incomparable processing, high-quality hardware equipment, and amazing graphics. However, since excellent lacks a lot to meet perfection, the regal glitter of the title of being good vanishes when your Mac undergoes rigorous usage for a long time. Meanwhile, you find your Mac taking longer than usual time to boot, the applications installed on your Mac execute poorly, and one or more files take forever to open. Besides, in case you run multiple applications simultaneously, your Mac freezes or one or more applications crash, and you have to shut down your Mac forcibly. However, forced shutdown affects your Mac adversely, which may eventually cause Mac system failure.

Despite the aforementioned causes, many other causes are responsible for poor performance of your Mac. For instance, system wastes cluttered desktop, overfilled hard drive, and most importantly, fragmentation is the major causes of degraded performance of your Mac. To improve Macs slow speed, you have to fix these issues at the earliest. In this regard, you can use professional Mac cleanup applications. Besides, please ensure that the speedup tool is reliable and can efficiently perform the intended tasks. Well, the following are the areas where Mac cleanup tool is intended to work.

Sluggish System Startup

While booting, Mac OS X scans the Login Items of the particular user account you sign in with. You must have noticed that one or more of the applications installed on your Mac runs automatically as your Mac boots to the desktop. These are the applications with their shortcuts associated with the Log-in Items of the user account you have logged in into. Well, the shortcuts are created automatically and executed every time your Mac boots and hence, these apps are launched when it reaches desktop. Besides, since system resources are utilised greatly to execute these apps, it affects the Mac booting process adversely.

As your Mac reaches desktop while booting, a cluttered Mac desktop affects Mac booting speed and causes longer booting time. This is because it scans each desktop item, including, files, folders, shortcuts, downloaded apps, docks, and so on, which eats up system resources to large extent and you have to face colored spinning beach ball. Meanwhile, if you try doing some activity, your Mac freezes and you must go for forced shutdown.

Important: The larger the number of items located on desktop, the longer will be the Mac booting time. Therefore, make sure your Mac desktop contains no useless item.

Accumulated System Waste

Boot volume of your Mac contains a slew of system files that store binary data. When Mac boots each of the files stored in boot the volume is executed in a loop. During execution of both system and user programs, intermediate data is generated at each step of execution, which is stored in the temporary files on the boot volume of your Mac drive. Each of these files is crucial as long as the process (i.e. a program under execution) is going on. However, these files remain undeleted even after the parent process is finished and therefore, other processes have to be in queue, waiting for system resources to get free. Meanwhile, the binary data stored in these files keep undergoing execution repeatedly, thereby easting up system resources unnecessarily.

However, these files remain undeleted even after the parent process is finished and therefore, other processes have to be in queue, waiting for system resources to get free. Meanwhile, the binary data stored in these files keep undergoing execution repeatedly, thereby easting up system resources unnecessarily.

Well, the term ‘system resources’ refers to the essential hardware components embedded on your Mac, viz. RAM and Processor, which are essential for the execution of system programs. The primary task of RAM is to execute and that of processor is to process the execution

Scenario: In case the RAM installed on your Mac is loose or there is some problem in RAM’s slot, Mac does not boot.

Normally, when you try accessing a file, a command to run that particular app is executed in RAM. In addition, processor assists RAM to process the execution of the selected app. Likewise, when a slew of such apps, programs, and files are running simultaneously, system resources get busy. Sometimes, running multiple apps freezes your Mac. However, Macs are seen freezing, when there is only one or two applications are running concurrently. This is all due to accumulation of the system wastes, viz. temporary files, universal binaries, junk files, log files, and the like on your Mac.

Sometimes, running multiple apps freezes your Mac. However, Macs are seen freezing, when there is only one or two applications are running concurrently. This is all due to accumulation of the system wastes, viz. temporary files, universal binaries, junk files, log files, and the like on your Mac.

Overfilled Mac Hard Drives

People are fond of and therefore, like keeping collections of movies, songs, pictures and their other personal stuff often get their Mac filled beyond the ideal storage limit.

“A disk is termed as overfilled when the amount of data stored on it is more than 90% of its capacity.”

Alternatively, you can also say that a volume must have free space at least 10% of its capacity. Besides, since an overfilled disk is prone to corruption, you may lose all your data anytime. Likewise, the boot volume of your Mac drive becomes overfilled when you install a slew of applications on it.

Justification: As you know, each app installed on your Mac is stored on the boot volume that already contains a slew of system files. Moreover, widgets, plug-ins, and system updates also reside on the boot volume. Consequently, the higher the number of applications installed on your Mac, the lesser is the free space available on the boot volume.

As mentioned earlier, since an overfilled volume may corrupt anytime, corruption in Mac boot volume causes inaccessibility of the data stored in secondary volumes.

Fragmentation

Mac OS X formats its hard drive using the HFS+ file system. Since the space on the hard drive is available in blocks of certain sizes, Mac file system breaks all the large files into segments and each of the segments is allocated a separate storage block. However, due to the size mismatch, some of the blocks contain free spaces. Besides, due to the use of an inefficient storage allocation algorithm, some data segments are stored randomly. This causes a slew of storage blocks being unoccupied outside the allocated regions.

Since Disk Utility in Mac OS X lacks both cleanup/speedup and defragmentation feature, you have to use a commercial Mac cleanup/speedup app to Improve Mac speed considerably.

2 Comments

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*