Mac OS X operating system is very agile, gets along very well with the hardware that comes pre-installed and doesn't cause many problems. Until it happens! The first time you turn on your Mac, you immediately come on and off as fast as if you had multiple windows open. But those days are long gone and now your Mac starts to limp. What is the solution?
The bad habits of using Windows will drive you to want to format the hard drive and reinstall Mac OS X, but you don't need to be so drastic. You do not have to defragment the disk.
Here we give you six tips to put your Mac on a diet and work as fast as the first day.
The maintenance scripts Mac OS X, UNIX heritage, are routine tasks that the system processes automatically, provided you leave your Mac on at these unearthly hours when these tasks are activated.
To activate maintenance scripts you have two options:
- Run it from Terminal. Open the Mac OS X Terminal and type sudo periodic daily order weekly or monthly. When finished, return to see the terminal prompt.
- Execute it with the help of an application. Onyx is the best known; among other things it allows you to activate these scripts. You can also use simple applications such as MainMenu or Maintenance.
After this maintenance task, reboot the computer. Better now? No? Try the following advice.
Permissions in Mac OS X are important. Most of them prevent a file or folder from being accessed by a particular application or system process. Misconfigured permissions can slow down your computer.
The solution is to run Repair Permissions if Disk Utility is available. You should put it yourself on the hard drive where you installed Mac OS X and select this option. Depending on the size of the disk, the process will take more or less time. Try not to perform any other task at the same time, or it will prevent the repair to be successful.