Speed up your mac

Speed up your mac!

If you have a mac, you can probably notice a huge speed difference between macs and PCs. Although your Mac is already fast, why not make it faster, cleaner, and less cluttered. Here are some tips.

Helpful Apps

There are also applications you can install to help clean and speed up your system.

Here are a few reliable applications I use all the time.

Onyx: FREE A multifunction utility. It allows you to verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters

Download here.

(Snow Leopard Only) $12 Squeeze is a background file compressor, which uses the new HFS-compression technology in Snow Leopard to transparently compress the folders you configure it to process.

Download here.  It’s worth $12

Pref. Pane FREE A database of hidden settings for Mac OS X

Download here.

Clean!

Just buy a can of compressed air, open up your mac, blow out the fan and any other dust. Make sure to follow instructions on the can! Any computer can always use a good cleaning.

RAM

If you don’t mind spending money the most important thing to upgrade would be the RAM, random access memory. This is the memory your computer uses when opening programs, temporarily saving things, and more. RAM is very important. You can usually upgrade a Mac’s RAM for anywhere from $25 – $800 depending on what you want to upgrade from and to. A good amount for an Intel Mac is probably 2GB. and a PowerPC Mac at 1GB.

Clean your hard drive.

Your computer’s hard drive (or storage) needs some space left over to run. So don’t fill your hard drive to the point where there is no space left.

You also probably have many applications, photos, media, and files you don’t need anymore. Simply send them to the trash.

Upgrade your software

Don’t forget to do a software update every once in a while. If your mac doesn’t do it automatically, click the Apple at the top left, then click software update and follow the wizard. Also, upgrading to the latest Snow Leopard can help out with speed and hard drive space. Only a $30 – $65 upgrade.

So that’s about everything. If you have any other cool tricks or tips, comment below or email me eric@techzany.com. I’m always happy to hear from you.


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