How to Optimize your Mac
3 Things You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer Optimized
An optimized mac/pc is one that opens up within several seconds from a hard shut down. It is a mac/pc that opens up applications a couple of seconds after you selected the icon, and allows you to toggle from each application without stalling. It is a mac/pc that provides you with the fastest browsing experience. No unnecessary delays, no hang ups, no crashing. Is this something you might be interested in?
How Much RAM Do You Need?
Just to be clear, RAM will not speed up any single application in your pc/mac. RAM is needed to allow you to open up multiple applications at once, and then toggle through each of them smoothly. In other words, if you normally have a couple of applications opened, chances are 2GB RAM is enough. If you frequently open up several memory-hungry applications such as photo/video/audio editors, games, VirtualBox, etc., then you might need to go up to 4GB RAM. For most users, 8 GB is overkill and 16GB is just plain wasteful.
Advanced Tip: open your Activity monitor. Find the “Hard Faults/Sec Graph” or anything similar. If you usually see applications that get pushed to page file, then you need more RAM. Useful advice: if the Activity monitor in your mac/pc is not enough, try “istate pro”
Your Hard Drive and CPU Speed
To simplify, think of your hard drive as an old steel filing cabinet. If you have used 100% of the allotted space, then there is little or no room to riffle through the folders and select the one you need. Hence, it takes more time. If it has 10% empty space, then you have room to browse faster. The same goes for your hard drive.
The answer will depend on how much stuff you save on your mac/pc. Nowadays, it is pretty easy to check if you need more memory. Just click “my computer” then look at the memory allocation on each drive. If the color is red, then you need to delete or transfer some files.
Personally, if you have used or are likely to use 90% of your hard drive space, then you need more. This usually means an additional external hard drive. Why? Simple; it’s more economical and logical to buy an external one than to replace your old hard drive. Tip: keep a separate hard drive for all your video and audio files. Your other option is to utilize cloud storage.
Software Optimization and CPU Speed
This means three things. The first is selecting specific software to install on your mac/pc; this avoids redundancy. Second, this means an automated process that deletes un-needed and/or unwanted files. Do this on a weekly basis. Third, this means tweaking your software and your applications to turn on and/or download updates only when you want it to. More often than not, allowing applications to run all the time in the background will slow your pc down. Also, you want to be very selective of the software that automatically runs during start up. Everything else must run or get downloaded only when you click it.
At the very least, check the status of your mac/pc every couple of months. Your goal is to keep your mac/pc, as fast as the time you bought it. Remember; a couple of minutes spent on optimization and proper storage can mean the difference between a happy mac/pc user and a frustrated one.