Just because we manually make some alterations in our Mac system as a set of optimization activities, it does not mean the Mac machine is immune to slowdown and won’t be needing any deeper cleanup. We do only the alterations for which we have been assigned privileges; therefore, Mac OS X requires such cleanups frequently. In order to improve Mac’s performance, what we all do is a simple hard drive cleanup that involves removing temporary files (cookies, junk, cache, system binaries, etc.), uninstalling useless applications, scanning for threats, repairing disks and their permissions, and more. These cleanup activities do only a little benefit, but a system application can do even better. Therefore, to get better performance or to optimize Mac OS X, there has to be some utility that can perform such cleanup tasks automatically and efficiently.
Apart from the steps we usually follow to speed up Mac, we may need to consider several other internal factors affecting the performance of a Mac machine. Take an example of fragments produced in the memory due to improper memory allocation, or deletion and frequent movement of large files from one location to another on the hard drive. Therefore, if we refer to the Mac’s built-in Disk Utility to remove the fragments, we do not find any such defragmentation tool as in Windows operating systems.
In the absence of a [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]defrag Mac[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]defrag Mac[/tp] utility or a tool in Mac OS X that can tackle such performance issues automatically, our Mac machines suffer from slew of performance issues, such as
- Slow access to data stored on the hard drive.
- Slow copy, move, and execution of other data operations.
- Applications crash during execution.
- System hangs and freezes.
We often search for a good disk defragmentation tool on the Internet in order to optimize Mac OS X performance; but apart from defragmentation, we have many other things to toil on in order to improve Mac’s performance. Following are some alterations we need to consider under optimization tasks:
- Launch Disk Utility and Repair Disk Permissions for each Mac volume individually.
- There should not be a single unwanted Login item affecting Mac startup speed by consuming RAM and Processor.
- Go to Apple menu and check for Software Update manually, for each installed application.
In spite of these manual alterations, we need to download a speed up software for Mac that can automatically perform system optimization tasks.
Guest article written by Jyoti, a long-time TechPatio reader and contributor!