[Mac Mini 2012] Tips for faster startup?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Sir Ruben, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hi All,

    Since updating to Mavericks I have founds things to be a tad slower. Primarily after I log into my Mac and its setting up the desktop for the first time (after a reboot). I have found that it now takes longer to load the dock and 'settle down' so that I can begin to use it. I can still hear the hard drive frantically clicking away for a good couple of mins. I know during this time its syncing iMessage data, checking for updates etc, but Im pretty sure it did this quite a bit quicker when I was on Mountain Lion.

    In my PC days it was just a case of going into MSCONFIG and removing needless things from startup that were slowing the whole thing down. Is there any similar tips for the Mac?
  2. nightmars macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2010

    1) System Preferences --> Users & groups --> Login Items
    2) Take some moments to think about switching to a SSD instead of the slow HDD (either replace the existing one or add a second hard-disk as system OS

  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The best way to decrease boot time is to get a SSD, that will make a dramatic impact.

    MSconfig was a utility that let the consumer easily check/uncheck startup items found in the various locations that could occur. I believe Onyx a general utility may do that as well.

    You can look at what's starting up in the following locations.
    In the system Preference, click on User & Groups and click on login items.
    Also check out ~/Library/Startup Items and /Library/Startup Items
  4. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2012
    I have a lot of storage in my MM - 2) 750 GB HD's.

    I use as my startup HD a hybrid that has 32 GB of solid-state memory as well as the 750 GB in the traditional drive.

    My boot times are (ML) around 28 seconds.

    The drive is now 1 GB with 64 GB cache - it's a Seagate - and runs $95.00 @ Amazon currently.

    A SSD is the overall ticket, just out of my current price range at $450.00 for a 1 TB drive.

    Good luck!
  5. eutexian macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2012
    Mapperley, Nottingham UK

    12 seconds.

    and thats on my older and slower 2011 2.3 with 8GB ram and a Samsung 840 pro. 256GB running 10.9.2
  6. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    you could always get a smaller 60GB SSD and have an external for added storage... that'll cost you only $60, would be plenty fast to make a noticeable difference and is plenty big for OS only application... keep the current internal HDD for storage and if you need another get an external...
  7. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    SSD and startup items, totally. Also repair permissions in disk utility. 3x if it's been a awhile.
  8. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

    Nov 16, 2012
  9. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Thanks for this, I had Kies software in here (due to previously owning a Galaxy S4). removed this (and also uninstalled the Kies software while I was at it) and it seems to have made a noticeable difference.

    As for the suggestions of a SSD. Yes I agree. Its on my list of things to do ;)
  10. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2013
    Why don't you just sleep the machine instead of shutting it down, that speeds up the "re-start" dramatically !

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