Need help making my iMac better. Thanks.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rsted222, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. rsted222 macrumors regular

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    I have the May/2011 iMac and it's starting to seem sluggish. I've got about 350 of the 500GB used up. Not really sure where it's all coming from, but I do have home-videos in iMovie, so that probably sucks up most of it (I guess I do know where it's coming from).

    I have Mountain Lion installed. I was thinking about saving everything (just the iPhoto pics, iTunes library, and videos) and doing a complete clean install with snow leopard.

    What say you?
     
  2. 50voltphantom macrumors regular

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    Max out your RAM. Also, my experience is that OSX is much happier as a clean install.
     
  3. stoster38 macrumors member

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    Why downgrade to snow leopard? I'm with 50volt. If you don't have a least 8 gigs of ram that would be my first option to upgrade. What is the speed of your hard drive? That might be another thing to consider but you would have to get your computer taken in to have the hard drive upgraded to a larger, faster drive.

     
  4. rsted222 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have 8GBs of RAM

    ...and thanks for the responses.
     
  5. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    You can't install Snow Leopard on this machine. It has to be at least the OS that came with it. Drivers play a big part.
     
  6. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    install disk inventory x to see what is taking up your hard drive space.

    can you explain what exactly feels sluggish?
     
  7. rsted222 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's not too sluggish...it doesn't have that zip from the beginning.

    I was hoping to insert the SL DVD (10.6.6) and do a clean install from it.
     
  8. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    Did you see my previous post?
     
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