My Mac (early 2008) running El Capitain has become very slow on start up & opening up aps. Once oopen it all runs fine. I am aware of clean up stuff but simply get confused with all the options available. I have never reset back to factory settings or done a restore from Time Machine however I am aware of odd & unused stuff. Most of my data is stored on external drives & use these for Working,TM & a seperate archive drive.