Increasing Boot Times

Discussion in 'macOS' started by vchalupa, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. vchalupa macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    So I've been using my mac religiously on a daily basis for almost a year now. I have noticed that progressively the boot time and shut down time is getting longer and longer. And I understand as I install programs and use the laptop more, it's going to get slower and slower but right now the boot time and shut down time is more than I would expect.

    For boot up, the only applications that open on login is Mail and Quicksilver.

    Is there anything I can do to reduce the boot and shut down times?
     
  2. Sigur macrumors regular

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  3. vchalupa thread starter macrumors member

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    I initially thought the RAM might be an issue but it's a new laptop with 4GB of RAM so I don't think it's the RAM


    Any other suggestions?
     
  4. durija macrumors 6502

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    Even though you seem to have only two apps opening at login, it is possible that several apps you've installed are running things in the background at startup. I know Windows does this a lot, but I think OS X does as well. An example might be something like iTunes Helper. I'm not in front of my Mac right now, but I think it runs in the background from startup.
     
  5. Sigur macrumors regular

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    After almost a year, it's not new anymore. Do you have lots of stuff in your Menubar that also starts on login?
     
  6. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    Are you doing it five times a day, and facing towards Cupertino?

    Defragment by means of iDefrag or Time Machine. (I'm beginning to doubt the effectiveness of Disk Utility cloning as a defrag method.)

    iDefrag in Metadata mode + B-Tree rebuild/compact usually is all it takes to get boot speed improved and takes just a couple minutes. It clears out the hot-files area so OS X can reorganize itself over the next couple boots.
     
  7. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I would do:
    1. Open up Disk Utility and repair permissions
    2. Use DiskWarrior or Drive Genius 2 to de-frag your directory
    3. If needed, reset the PRAM by holding down command+option+P+R on startup until you hear a beep and it restarts

    Good Luck!
     
  8. vchalupa thread starter macrumors member

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    Are any of these defrag programs free or are they all going to cost me?
     
  9. vchalupa thread starter macrumors member

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    Defragment by means of iDefrag or Time Machine. (I'm beginning to doubt the effectiveness of Disk Utility cloning as a defrag method.)[/QUOTE]

    How do you use Time Machine for defrag?
     
  10. vchalupa thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, I just have the usual, airport, bluetooth, spaces, and time machine but it doesn't backup on boot.
     
  11. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    Make sure you have nothing excluded from your Time Machine backup, and then boot with your 10.5 DVD. Using Disk Utility, Erase your OS X partition. Then select Restore system from backup, and Time Machine will restore your system to the newly formatted drive.
     
  12. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    Are you shutting down your Mac every night?

    Macs run maintenance scripts at night, if you switch is off at night, the scripts might not have a chance to run.

    To run them manually, run this command in Terminal:
    Code:
    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
    The password requested is an administrator accounts password, usually yours. The periodic command will take a while to run, and doesn't show any output.
     
  13. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I was getting at when I said restore from Time Machine.
     

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