Betterperformance?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Frado, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Frado macrumors member

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    I have a 15" mid-range macbook pro from 2009.
    I have had every new OSX version since then, and I always used the 'upgrade' function(so never a clean install).
    To improve performance I installed an ocz vertex2 ssd 2 years back, and I replaced the superdrive with the original hdd.

    Now, I notice that performance has been dropping: slow boot times, iTunes always hangs when it's syncing and downloading updates etc..

    Would a clean install improve anything? But can I use time machine to restore files, or will it make the whole thing slow again?
    Maybe I could try mavericks beta (and return if it's too buggy), because it's really since mountain lion that performance has dropped.
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Jun 15, 2012
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    You should not normally need to run any maintenance routines or do a clean install regularly. Your Mac should normally not slow down.

    If you are experiencing slowdowns, then there are a number of things you can do.
    First, verify and repair your hard drive. (Boot to the Recovery Partition and run Disk Utility. NB: Repair DISK, not Permissions.)
    Second, look at the Console utility to see if any repeated or lengthy messages are being left when the slowness occurs. This may pinpoint a problem.

    Thirdly, empty caches. You can do this by doing a Safe Boot, (restart holding <shift>), or by using a third-party utility like Onyx. Caches can become corrupt. However, you should not empty them regularly as the machine will be slower until they are re-populated.

    Don't install Mavericks unless you are a beta tester, using it for testing, and reporting bugs to Apple.

    A clean install will do very little, particularly if you restore all your user files. In essence, all that would do is replace everything except for cache and temp files.
     

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