Hi all I've got a Mac Mini Mid-2011 here running OS X Mavericks with 8GB of RAM and the 500GB HDD it came with (I think it's a 5200RPM drive)and it's running a bit slow. My reboot time is long and it takes a few seconds for me to open .pdf files. I've been running this Mac Mini as my main machine since I first purchased it in April of 2012. It runs 24/7. I use it as my main workstation during the day and during the night I use 'VLC Streamer' to stream video to my iPod Touch in bed so the Mac Mini is probably in use 20 hours of the day. What can I do to speed things up? I eventually want to buy an SSD once prices come down in a couple months or so. I'd buy one now but the Mac Mini mid-2011 only has one drive slot so I'd have to remove the 500GB drive. What can I do in the mean time? I've got Time Machine connected to it via an external USB drive and it's backed up daily. If I wiped the drive and then ran Time Machine to restore all of my settings like 'System Preferences' and my folder layout, would this just give me the exact same setup that I have now... So it'd still be running slow or would this give me better performance? I guess I could wipe the drive completely and then just install Mavericks, but then I'd have to re-install all my Apps and put my settings in 'System Preferences' back and this would take a very long time. I know when I used to format my WinXP and WinVista machines they were MUCH better after a format. Is the case same with OSX? Thank you for any help!