How to keep my mac running nice and smooth?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by ceezy, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. ceezy macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2011
    Mid 2010 MBP

    Any sort of tune up type software that is useful?
    Just want to keep it snappy and smooth.

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You don't need tune-up software on Macs; they take care of themselves.

    Some of the tune-up software available can create unbootable systems that require you to re-install.
  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Use Safari's (or your main browser) 'Reset Safari' and delete your 'Web Data' and history every once in while. Internet Cache can grow huge if left unchecked.
  4. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
    I'm concerned about what programs runs in the background. I try to avoid apps that has some of its parts getting automatically executed and running in the background during a system start.The kind of programs that I prefer is the ones that starts when I start them and goes completely off of the memory when I quit them. I monitor LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons folders with folder action scripts. Please correct me if I'm doing anything pointless or harmful for the computer.
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Again: you don't need to run any regular "maintenance" software on OS X.

    You might benefit from a restart every now and again; otherwise, that's it.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't do anything and I've been happy with the performance. I can understand the logic behind the reseting of the safari and its cache but to be honest, I've never done this and so far Safari seems to be ok
  7. kblake macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2012
    I have had my iMac for 18 months now, loaded heaps of software and deleted heaps of software too.. and this thing has not missed a beat, it still runs exactly the same as the day I got it!

    I do absolutely nothing to it (except BACK UP LOL !!!).
    I reboot it only once a week or so and let it sleep the rest of the time and just a touch of the trackpad and she is awake and ready to go... LOVE IT

    I had to re-install my Windows PC every 12 months or so but the Mac just keep going and going....
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My opinion, and mine only.

    Use the free OnyX utility to periodically do such things as
    - verify SMART status
    - check ingrity of drive
    - repair permissions
    - run "cron jobs" (daily, weekly, monthly maintenance)
    - clean caches
    - delete logs

    Also, scrounge up a defragging/optimization utility and once-in-a-while defrag the startup volume.

    Others will say you don't need to do this, but it has kept all my Macs running smoothly and quickly for years now.
  9. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  10. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Your Macs have run smoothly regardless of your doing all that. Probably because of other good practice that you observe.

    Cleaning caches actually slows your Mac down until OS X re-populates them.

    Repairing Permission is VASTLY over-rated for doing anything. It affects some Apple System components, no third-party software and nothing in your user account. It always reports "error" messages that aren't errors. Permissions don't rust over time, in any case.

    Log messages should get sorted by the periodical tasks (no longer cron) anyway.

    If you have an SSD (which is possible on a 2010 MBP), then defragging is pointless, and its benefits on an HDD are uncertain.
  11. Djay1 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    Don't jump onto early versions of the latest and greatest OS.

    Let the "early adopters" enjoy ironing out issues for you. :eek:
  12. Nicholas Savage, Oct 20, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013

    Nicholas Savage macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    Southern Wisconsin
    My 2 cents?

    In my long experience as an employee of an AASP with customers coming in with 'slow' machines. . . . .

    In general, slow performance as it is noticed and complained about by users is caused by (in order of frequency in which I encounter it)

    1. Corrupted filesystem.
    2. Dying hard drives on older machines.
    3. Virus protection software.
    4. Exotics like a rogue background process, weird, out of date or corrupted driver/app thing.
    5. A hundred other edge cases you encounter 1 or two times a year. Edge cases includes bad sata cables, bad seating of the data cable, strange component failure on a motherboard, aftermarket hard drive weird incompatibilities, minor permission problems and malware (which we don't see much) The autostart worm was more of an issue in the pre-macosx days than anything we have seen in the last decade.

    If you have to ask this question, the answer is simple. Keep your data backed up. Don't mess with maintenance unless something breaks.

    I clean out my safari cache about once a year. It is only something I do if I notice a performance issue.

    Don't worry about your mac unless something isn't working right.
  13. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Don't install too much software,
    Keep the hard disk plenty empty (keep at least 30-50 GB free),
    Don't install the newest iTunes
    Don't install the latest Mac OS X update until it's verified that it's stable.
    Archive files from the desktop once in awhile to keep things easy to find.
  14. jdaniel macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    Lviv, Ukraine
    Hahahahaha, don't install too much software lol

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