Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro and MacBook Air - Try to imagine for a moment. You are using your Mac to work on an important task, such as working on a financial report for your office, or a very important document (or just playing games). Your Mac doesn't have any problems, its engine sounds quiet, the transition between apps also feels very smooth, everything goes well, and there is no delay occurs when you're typing. Suddenly, your Mac becomes very slow. Laggy and freezing. What is happening? Something is wrong!
These Mac cases that suddenly becomes slow, lagging, and freezing, especially after High Sierra update won't have happened again if you can identify the source of the problem and fix it permanently. But for those of you who haven't apply these powerful tips to speed up MacBook Pro, you'll experience the same thing over and over, even though your Mac OS is already updated to High Sierra.
Relax, we'll guide you step by step to fix the slow MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air problem. So, without further ado, here are some powerful tips to speed up a slow Mac:
Time Machine is Running in Background
What is Time Machine? Time Machine is a default tool from Apple that has been included in OS X or macOS packages. This tool can be accessed through Spotlight, Launch Pad, or System Preferences.
Time Machine will back up all of your data, including local files and the entire system. This function is quite similar to System Restore on Windows. The main difference is, Time Machine really backs up everything, not just the recovery points like System Restore do in Windows.
|Tami Machine Backup Process - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
When Time Machine is running in the background, macOS such a High Sierra will make regular backups and write new files to an external hard disk that are used as backups. This backup process can make your Mac run slowly, especially when Time Machine copies large files and big data.
Normally, some Mac users let Time Machine complete its task first, especially when it's copying large files and big data. I prefer to use this feature in optimal conditions where there are no obstacles from other apps processes. If you're a person who's always dealing with large files that you don't want to backup, then you can make a folder as an exception in the backup process. Here's how to create a folder as an exception from Time Machine Backup Process:
|Creating Folder to Exclude Items from Backup - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
- Create a folder and fill in the name you want
- Run "Time Machine Preferences", you can search for it using Spotlight
- Select "Options ..." at the bottom right
- Add folders that you have been created in "Exclude these items from backups"
Now if you need to store large data such as a movie, just put it in that folder that you were created. Besides speeding up your slow Mac or MacBook Pro, this way is also save more hard disk drive storage.
Delete Unnecessary Login Items
|Login Items - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
Login Items are the source of MacBook Pro Startup problem which takes a long time to be done. Although not all Login Items can cause Mac's performance becomes laggy, every process that runs on your Mac will definitely drain available RAM. So, how to speed up a slow Mac by setting the Login Items?
You must know the function of each Login Items on your Mac and delete some of the useless ones. You can delete the Login Items by following these steps:
- Open "User & Groups" found in the "System Preferences ...".
- Click the "Login Items" tab at the top.
- Checklist useless login items and delete them by clicking the minus sign in the bottom left.
Sometimes there are several applications that put themselves into Login Items without your consent. Login at Startup mode on these applications can be turned off by opening the settings in each application. So don't be surprised why the app list in Login Items always increases even though you have deleted it many times.
Lack of System Memory or RAM
The size of RAM (Random Access Memory) affects the performance of every Mac product, like MacBook Pro 2009, MacBook Pro 2013, or even Mac Mini 2012. If you don't understand what RAM is, here is a simple question that can make you understand what RAM is:
How many things you can think about in your mind right now?
Maximum capacity to work on multiple tasks simultaneously is known as memory or RAM, you can read more about it here. What happens when you're not capable to hold information in your mind? You will write it down in a note and it must take time, right? The tasks that aren't processed by small capacity RAM will be copied into Virtual Memory like the analogy of the note above.
|About This Mac - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
First, you need to know the RAM available on your MacBook Pro. You simply choose the Apple symbol on the top left of the screen, then choose About This Mac, then there will be information about how much memory your Mac has.
|System Memory Details - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
The excessive RAM usage can also be caused by bad habits, such as running many applications simultaneously. Here are some additional tips to save more RAM that is used if the Mac has reached the maximum RAM capacity to speed up a slow Mac:
- Only run the applications that you need. Thus, you'll never be running out of RAM
- Learn the amount of RAM used by each application. Some applications do drain RAM excessively due to several factors. You can check it using Activity Monitor
- Restart the application occasionally. Especially the Safari browser, where the memory handling is still quite bad when compared to Google Chrome
Hard Disk Read/Write Speed
You can have the fastest processor in the world, but everything will be in vain if your hard disk has poor read/write speed. That is what often happens with laptops specifications nowadays, the large size of RAM, fast processor, but the hard drive still has ± 25 MB/s read/write speed. Ouch.
The effect of the read/write speed on a hard disk greatly determines whether your MacBook Pro is slow or not because when you use it, a hard disk read/write process will always occur. You must have once copied a large file from an external hard drive to your Mac. According to Superuser.com, The average speed on USB 2.0 is ± 60 MB/s. Both on Windows and Mac, read/write greatly affects how quickly an application is opened for the first time. Data transfer is also determined by hard disk read/write speed. If you are interested in knowing the hard disk read/write speed in your MacBook Pro, you can run this command in Terminal:
|How to Check Read/Write Speed - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
time dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024k of=tstfile count=1024
dd if=tstfile bs=1024k of=/dev/null count=1024
Do you see the number next to bytes/seconds? Copy the number and convert it to MB/s via Google by searching "50287333 bytes to MB". The result is ± 50 MB/s.
So how to increase the hard disk read/write speed? If you have a plan to buy a Mac in the future, make sure the hard drive on the Mac is an SSD (Solid State Drive) that no longer uses a disk platter that produces noisy sounds but instead uses electrical circuits, you can see more information about SSD here. SSD read/write speed can reach 5 times faster than normal hard drive. Wow!
Force Quit Not Responding Apps
Some apps may not be responding and freezing, and this a rare case but must have happened at least once. An application that hangs can cause the entire macOS system to not work properly. Fortunately, this problem does not cause OS X and High Sierra to be completely out of control. You can easily press Command + Option + Escape together to show up the Force Quit feature and close apps that are hanging.
|Force Quit Applications - Powerful Tips to Speed Up MacBook Pro|
Apply these powerful tips to speed up your Mac permanently. Well, knowing some things that cause Mac's slow performance is an important thing, you will capable to fix this problem yourself without bringing your Mac to the Apple Service Center. If there are some clever tips we missed, let us know by writing them down in the comment column below!
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