Introduction: Speed Up Your Mac for Free in 4 Easy Steps!

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Mac getting a bit slow? Not sure what to do?
I've faced this problem many times with family and friends concerned about their older macs.
This tutorial will show you how to easily speed up your system without the need of expensive software.
Let's get to it

Step 1: Disk Utility - Part 1

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Disk utility is a very useful and advanced tool, but we will just focus on the easy part you need to use for today. 
1) To open us disk utility go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility

2) On the left hand side of the Disk Utility window, you will notice your Hard Drive often labeled at the size, in this case 500gb, below it you will see the partition we need to fix, called Macintosh HD or something like that. Select it.

3) Towards the bottom of the central window you will see a button that says "Repair Disk Permission", click this and allow the program to do its thing. It'll may take about 30 minutes, so go grab a cuppa.

4) After that, you're done!

Step 2: Disk Utility - Part 2

1) With Disk Utility still open, look towards the right of the button you just clicked, you will see a verify disk button 

2) Click that and again, let it do its thing. This may take a few minutes.

3) After that, look below the button, if the repair disk button is visible, click it and let it do its thing. If not, you're done! Be proud that you've just completed the first stage of computer maintenance! :D

Step 3: Startup Items

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Next we're going to edit your startup items

1) Go to System Preferences. (Taskbar or look in your applications folder)

2) Select 'Users and Groups'

3) Then Select your username from the list on the left hand side

4) Move your cursor right and look for the tab that says 'Login Items'

5) You will see a list of applications that load at startup, remove all of these programs by selecting it and clicking the " - " symbol towards the bottom. 

6) You may be asked to input an admin password, input this at the prompt

7) Remove all the unnecessary programs and then restart your computer

8) Done! :D

If you're still facing speed issues move on to the next step

Step 4: Take Out the Trash

Over time you collect a lot of rubbish that is cluttering up your computer. A lot of this stuff is unneeded, so the final step is simply to clean out any unnecessary files, folders, images, documents, applications, programs ect.

Be sure to clean out the Trash after sending the unnecessary rubbish to it.

This simple step may prove more useful than you'd think

Step 5: Hardware Updates

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If your computer is still slow a hardware upgrade may be the answer.

I won't go into the hardware side of things in this tutorial but if you're interested in researching further, I suggest you research increasing the size of RAM in your computer. This is simply the memory of the computer that allows it to compute data quickly. More ram, more speed... In theory (Starts at as little as ($30AUD)

Another thing you may consider is installing a Solid State Drive (SSD) these are a form of storage for your computer and lead to unbelievable speeds (Start at $70AUD) These are more costly than ram, but may be a useful upgrade sometime in the future.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and interesting. Hopefully you learnt something new from it. 
If you did like it, I would really appreciate a rating or if you're interested in Mac Hardware and Software tutorials, follow me. 

Anyways, 
Cheers 
Adam 

:)

Comments

MachMachines (author)2014-10-07

This is a nice post. If these 4 points don't speed up your Mac, try some other things like SMC reset and PRAM reset. It can do wonders sometimes. Specific instructions to those resets here - http://machmachines.com/macbook-pro-running-slow-heres-how-to-fix-it/

amandaghassaei (author)2012-09-20

which mac are you working with?

Lloydy21 (author)amandaghassaei2012-09-20

I'm using a 2011 MacBook Pro with 10.8.2 Beta :)

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