Optimize MBP proformance

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amnichols10, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. amnichols10 macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    Was wondering if you guys can help me out. I have a MBP that I got right before the OSX lion release. Had it for a while and wanted to know if you could give me advice on how to optimize my Mac's performance. What I mean by that is what programs do you recommend to "clean" out my mac so that it can run faster. I've maxed out the RAM FYI, and I don't know if my computer even needs it.

    But wanted to get your input on what you guys use when/if this problem arrives. Thanks so much for reading and look forward to your replies.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Performance Tips For Mac OS X
    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.

    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. Some of these apps delete caches, which can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.

    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.

  3. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    Thanks for the quick reply and insight. Will leave Mac as is. You're the man.

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