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Easy things to do to speed up Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac OS' started by daveyboy, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. daveyboy

    daveyboy Senior member

    I was just reminded about the free app "Monolingual". It gets rid of foreign languages that get automatically installed on your Mac. I think I reclaimed around 10gbs of hard drive space yesterday after deleting everything except American and Spanish. Working today I swear my 4 year old beast is a little faster! As always, make sure you have a working clone just incase.

    Besides the obvious things like running onyx and tech tool pro, what other easy under the good things are people doing to improve performance?
     
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  3. CSeye

    CSeye Senior member

    A couple of things to keep in mind:
    Avoid Monolingual if you also use the Adobe Creative Suite as it will not function without all of those foreign languages. But if that's not a concern, then Monolingual does indeed free up a significant amount of space. I think it's recommended to keep all English options (American, Canadian, British or whatever). Also be careful about which keyboard layouts are removed.

    Avoid Mac Keeper like the plaque!!! A Google search will yield many problems with it removing authorization in the process of cleaning your mac for the purpose of speeding it up.
    http://mackeeper.zeobit.com

    At this point, my strategy consists of:
    1. Running Cocktail on a regular basis. (Audio components is unchecked in Step 2 Options to avoid messing AU scanning) http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/
    2. Off-loading large files to ext drives. Word is that drives should always have, at the very least, 10 to 15% free storage capacity in order to function. More free space will allow the drive to function more quickly. I don't like to fill my system/app drive more than 60% for those times when I may need large, temporary storage.
    3. Separate drives for Logic projects and for sample libraries.
     

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