How to Make Your Mac Run Faster

By Techwalla Contributor

The Mac OS, which runs your Macbook, Imac, Mac Mini, and even your Iphone, is a great operating system. Mac OSX is far superior compared to Windows Vista in terms of reliability, speed, and security. In general, the Mac OS is one of the most user friendly yet sophisticated operating systems ever.Your Mac is capable of helping you run your life more efficiently, so why not return the favor and help your Mac run faster and stronger. Many reasons why your Mac might be beginning to slow down has to do with simple, resolvable issues. This article will give you basic steps to get your Mac running the same way that it did when you first took it out of the box.

Things You'll Need

  • A Macbook, Imac, Macbook Pro, or any other Mac product running Mac OS

Step 1

First, let's check out your remaining disk space. Each model Mac comes with different size hard drive options. The Macbook that I am currently using has a 160gb hard drive. If you have less than 50% disk space remaining, maybe it is time to clean up your hard drive. Search through your computer and find files that you might no longer use. Many people forget to delete the install programs from when they download software. These files have .dmg extensions, so look out for them. Look for programs that are no longer relevant to your life. Anything that you don't use on a regular basis, dump it.Now, you can either delete these programs/files, or you can move it to an external hard drive. Many people have hundreds of gbs of music and pictures on their internal drives. Why not move them and store them on an external hard drive, that way your internal drive has more space to breathe.If you are deleting the files, make sure that you empty your recycling bin when you are finished.

Step 2

Next, take a look at how many programs that you are running at once. Realize that many Macs only have 1 or 2 gb of ram, plus no dedicated video card. That means that your computer can only handle a few programs at a time.I noticed a huge improvement in performance when I closed just a few Mozilla tabs. You would not believe how much better your computer will run if you only keep a few programs/files open at a time.

Step 3

Use Mozilla Firefox instead of Safari. Firefox is an open source web browser which means that it is absolutely free. In addition to it being free, Firefox in general is a much faster and more secure web browser than Safari. You're paying for all of that bandwidth every month, why not use it all?