Speed up your Mac!

Macs require very little maintenance, however if you’ve upgraded your OS a few times and installed and removed different software, it may be time to check whats running and prune out unused software. Usual rules: Back up your Mac first! All information is offered ‘as is’ with no liability see our terms

  1. Remove any un-wanted aplications: Go to the aplications folder and drag any unwanted aplications to the recyle bin and thats it! However it may be desirable to remove all traces of a program using knock knock which will show you what’s persistent.
  2. Update your aplications: I’m undecided here, it makes sense to use the latest vesion of a program unless it’s version specific for your operating system or there are other reasons for retaining an older version. However later versions can sometimes be more demanding.
  3. Check your start-up programs: Click System Preferences > Users & Groups. Select your account and click the Login Items button. Check the apps loading are the ones you want.
  4. Repair disk permissions – not required with later OS – Run disk utility, select your HDD & click repair permissions and allow to run.
  5. Run Onyx – This is very deep cleaning software so be sure to BACK UP YOUR DATA FIRST and read and understand the instructions and FAQ then download the correct version of Onyx for your Mac OS. Onyx is very powerful software that performs maintenance operations on your Mac, each OS has its own version so it’s essential to use the correct version, be aware of what you are instructing it to do and let each sequence complete.
  6. Avoid files and folders on the desktop: Your Mac indexes anything on the desktop so minimising these and creating aliases to folders located under documents will help.

Speed up your hardware: Change your rotating disc to an SSD and add more ram. I changed my MacBook Pro 2011 to 16Gb of memory and it made a huge difference. Following this I fitted a Corsair MX500 SSD and again, there was a significant improvement.

Other updates I have performed involve changing a 2014 MacBook Pro retina from an AHCI drive to a Samsung 970 EVO NVMe using a carrier. The improvement was dramatic. Unfortunately, RAM is hard wired from 2013 so cannot be changed, but the NVMe blade installation worked very well.

Most iMacs, older MacBook Pros and Mac Minis are straight forward to upgrade, but check first to see if your Mac can be upgraded as later models have hard wired components. An SSD with more ram will usually boost performance dramatically.

The best and easiest by far is the Classic Mac Pro 5.1 where it is extremly easy to access all components. The MacPro construction is outstanding quality and very modular. Upgrades I have undertaken include:

  1. Change boot disc to NVMe on a PCi-e card – for blistering speed
  2. Add more disks as the MacPro can take 4 internal plus two from the e-sata bus and up to 4 NVMe blades with a suitable raid card
  3. Add more ram – 32Gb being a usefull amount for the MacPro
  4. Add obscene amounts of ram!
  5. Adding PCi-e card for USB 3.0 and 3.1 ports
  6. Adding PCi-e card for USB-C Thunderbolt ports
  7. Adding PCi-e card for SSD disc
  8. Change graphics card

Other Mac Pro 5.1 upgrades include changing processors and processor tray to go to dual CPU. The classic Mac Pro has lots of potential to make it a superbly capable and powerful machine for years to come.

Finally, when you have completed your upgrades, download GeekBench and see how much you have improved your Mac! My bench marks here

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