Speed up MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macuser154, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. macuser154 macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2009
    Would clearing out my hard drive speed up my MacBook Pro?

    I currently have 26GB free, on a 160GB drive (148.73GB after formatting). Would freeing up some space speed it up?
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    26GB free is plenty. I'd be worrying if it was 5 or maybe even 10, but 26GB is a fair amount of space.

    Speed up: More RAM (maybe, you'd need to see your resource usage), faster hard drive.
  3. jeremybuff macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    As ViciousShadow21 said, run ONYX. It really helps.
  4. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    notice i didnt say re-install the whole operating system haha. proud of me buff?:p
  5. jeremybuff macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    Yes I am! Haha, remember though, resonating *can* help! Oh, wait, I better take that back... I might get shelled..
  6. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I saw that too! Good job!
  7. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    thanks guys, but im going to continue to do it just to spite that riley guy.
  8. leewwiiss macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010

    hey guys im running 2.26 ghz 2 gb ram 5400 rpm harddrive i guess id like things to open fasters and stuff but i ahve bout 10 gbs of space left on my harddisk and im also running windows 7
    please help me
    i want to know should i get
    a new harddrive
    or 4 gbs of ram
  9. squirrel77 macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2006
    Barcelona ES
    sounds like a no brainer

    Well if you are already running out of hard disk space you would need a new hard drive anyway so you could get a 7200 rpm one. Ideally you would also upgrade your RAM but you could do that a few more months down the line once you save more money. Buying the bigger faster hard drive kills 2 birds with 1 stone.
  10. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    One thing that would help is upgrading to Snow Leopard (I know that you didn't mention which version OS you use, but I notice that your formatted drive space is less that actual capacity suggesting you are on an pre-SL OS). This would speed things up a bit and also reclaim a little HD space.

    Other people have suggested ONYX, which is a nice tool to ensure that everything continues to run smoothly, but I wouldn't expect it to make that much difference to speed (especially since you have plenty of free HD space). In fact, some utilities will slow things down for a while (e.g. deleting your applications and systems cache).
  11. Fishrrman macrumors 604

    Feb 20, 2009
    You might also try defragging the hard drive.

    iDefrag is the tool of choice for this.

    Others will jump in and say, "it's not necessary".

    Au contraire, I've included defragmentation as an essential part of my hard drive maintenence for years, and it has worked well for me since the OS 8 days!
  12. DontMacTheGyver macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2010
    I always thought OSX is doing the defrag by itself at night?!
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    10GB is a not a lot of space left; the ideal situation is at least 15% disk space free on a traditional HDD.

    So you would benefit from a bigger HDD or possible clear out some of the files you won't need onto a DVD or whatnot.

    The RAM upgrade would also help with your situation with loading files and applications, but I would resolve your free space issue first.

    Basically if your budget allows for only one or the other, I would attempt to clear some space first, so you can get more RAM; however if you cannot clear space, you may have to get a bigger disk.
  14. dsprimal macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2010
    The Seagate 1tb external HDD is my choice of keeping my mbp running at its fastest when it comes time to free up space ;) (once i get around 400gb used, transfer all of it to my external and BOOM! free space! :D
  15. AndrewCjDuong macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2010
    I upgraded to a 750gb hard drive with 7200rpm platter. You can actually notice some improvements surprisingly vs the Apple's stock 5400rpm HD's.

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