How to fix slow running MBPro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vjaaan, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. vjaaan macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2010
    I have a MacBook Pro (2010) running Yosemite, 4 G memory, that is barely running some days. I looked in Utilities for a way to diagnose and fix this, but I was not finding what I need.

    Can someone recommend how to speed this computer up? Desktop photo icons often don't even load the photo --- just some generic icon. Page scrolling sometimes has long delays. Many of features take forever to get moving.

  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    Increase the RAM to 8GB and either install a 7200 rpm HD or a SSD
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Your hard drive is most likely dying 5-6 years is about right, replace it with an ssd drive and it'll be better than new.
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Sudden slowness, especially in a laptop with a spinning hard drive is often due to the hard drive about to crap out. Being in a laptop means it gets jostled around a lot more than a desktop, and hard drives don't like sudden movement.

    Keep a good backup handy, you may need it sooner than you'd like.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Put an SSD into it.
    Cheap and VERY easy to do.

    You DON'T need a "top end" SSD, because the slower SATA bus on a 2010 MBPro can't support it.
    BUT -- any "economy" SSD will do, and all will run about the same.

    I'd suggest Crucial or a "Sandisk Plus".
    The "sweet spot" price-wise is around 240gb right now.

    Use this guide to see how to do the drive swap:

    Final advice:
    Be sure to use THE RIGHT TOOLS.
    You'll need a Phillips #00 driver and a TORX T-6 driver.
    Can be found at hardware stores, online, etc.
  6. matt_on_a_mtn Suspended

    Mar 25, 2016
    SSD and a RAM bump will have it running smooth for a good while longer for minimal cash.
  7. vjaaan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2010
    Thank you all for your replies. I was hoping there was a disc cleanup/defrag type of program that would help.

    I think I'll just go ahead and buy the new MacBook Pro. It's about time.
  8. Jana Lukas macrumors newbie

    Jana Lukas

    Apr 7, 2016
    Which SSD would you guys recomend for a early 2011 MBP? It's working perfectly fine, just this week I'm facing a bit of slowness prob due to my work load with video editing I've being working.
    I'm between up grade my ram or HD, and Apple don't upgrade it to a SSD so I'm open to third party options
  9. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    IMO the Samsung EVO 850 or the Crucial MX200 are about the best bang for the buck right now. Just grab whichever you can get cheapest.
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I'm with weaselboy those are the 2 best current ssd's price/performance wise

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