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speed up Mac os x

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by majdi, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. majdi

    majdi Well-Known Member

    lately my imac have become slow and it freezes from time to time (on rare occasion)
    when i used windows, i used to simply format my hard drive and reinstall windows to make my computer work fast.
    would that work for mac os? if not how can i optimize it?
  2. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    sounds like something is dying. time to take it into the apple store? :p
  3. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Sounds like a hardware problem, unlike when it's Windows ;)

    6 year old powerbook is running as snappy as day 1, just slows down with some more modern solutions as they require more from teh cpu/ram/hdd
  4. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I recently formatted and reinstalled my Macbook Pro. There is a slight improvement in speed, but not much. Unlike Windows, OS X has a separate system/data partition and automatically stores data efficiently. You might want to run iAntiVirus & ClamXav and uninstall apps you're not using anymore. Cleaning internet cache and old emails might also help.
  5. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    Try repairing your disk permissions from Disk Utility, If it is happening during internet browsing then install Chrome

    Not having a dig, but I am rather curious as to why you would use more resources for something that is not needed
  6. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    iAntiVirus takes about 6,5 MB of memory, this is not noticeable. ClamXav does not run in the background. Unlike popular belief, Macs are not completely immune to viruses.
  7. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    Thanks, obviously I have never looked in to it and I suppose it would be a good idea if they scanned for windows viruses to prevent cross contamination.

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