Booting time in mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Abdulhaq, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Abdulhaq macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    I have the first intel mac mini which is early 2006 model. I have upgraded the processor to 2.0 GHZ Core 2 Due. I have 2gb ram and 500 gb hard disk. The computer orignally had the Tiger operating system. I formatted the 500 gb hard disk and installed the Snow Leopard operting system. I also installed Windows 7 using Boot Camp. At this stage I had not installed any other software in the system. The Mac Mini would boot very quickly in the Snow Leopard O/S. I had not timed it but I feel the booting time was less than 1 minute. At this stage I had made a full backup of the system by using Time Machine.

    Over a period of time I had installed a number of software such as iphoto 2008, iweb 2008, a website creation program etc. Now I am observing that the booting time is more than 1 minute. I have also removed all unneccessary program from the start up programs. Even this did not reduce the booting time.

    I use my mac for writing a quick email or web browsing. Therefore a fast booting time is important for me. Shall I format the hard disk and restore everything from my original Time Machine backup (when the booting time was very less)? I can do without the additional software which I have installed (which I hardly use). Or is there some way I can keep the additional software and still reduce the booting time?
  2. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Of course loading the OS as a clean install makes boot times faster. The more apps you load at boot the slower it will be. With your mini you should be running it as lean as possible if you're concerned about boot times.

    Judging from your prolific thread starting I think you need to work on getting a new mini.

    Do you know you have started 20 threads from a total of 23 posts. You've got a better ratio than most trolls!
  3. mikochu macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2011
    As a last hurrah, you may want to install a SSD.

    I have a 2011 Mac mini that had a 500GB 5400RPM drive. It seemed like it took about 2-3 minutes to boot up. I recently installed a 256GB SSD (Samsung 840 Pro) and 1TB 7200RPM secondary drive, setting the up as Fusion Drive. My bootup time is now 19 seconds. I realized the 5400RPM drive was a total bottleneck.
  4. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    Use "sleep" mode rather than turning it off. Almost instant on when awakened.
  5. mikochu macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2011
    He dual-boots on his Mac mini.
  6. Abdulhaq thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Using SSD is a good idea. I have a samsung 120 gb SSD which I could use. But do I have to remove the dvd drive to install it? Will the samsung model 840 (120 gb) ssd fit in this slot?
  7. lee14160 macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2009
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Yes it will fix. You will really see a big difference. . .:)
  8. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
  9. donlab macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2004
    another ssd?

    a 2006 mini probably uses SATA I, an 840 is a SATA III. If you have no other use for the 840 right now, then by all means use it. But maybe you could find a cheap SATA II SSD as shell shocker or dealmac or slick deal somewhere.

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