What can i do to speed up or upgrade this middle aged iMac of mine

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tac22, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. tac22 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    So i got my First mac August 07, it was the new alum imac. But the low end 20inch 2.0ghz 1GB Ram. Running tiger at the time, never upgraded to Leopard but it I got our New Cat Snow Leopard on it back in August.:cool:

    It actualy slowed down alot after... more reliable, less crashing, but really slowww.... soo i took the plunge and upraded it all the way to 4gb and made a huge difference. But i still feel like its not as fast as it use to be when i first got it. Especial when working with iMovie and editing things, dowloading things...

    Any helpful hints on what i can do to speed it up. I'll deffinetly get another year and a half out of it. a total of 4 years, but i'm just curiouse if there is any way i can optamize my experience with it. ;)
  2. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Of course it isn't as fast as when you bought it. It has newer software. Your hard drive is more full.
  3. tac22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    So basically the only other thing i can do is upgrade my hard drive. Its 250 Gb and i probably have only 60GB free right now. I was thinking about getting an external drive. But would getting a new internal hard drive speed up my computer, would i want it bigger or faster or both???
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    faster inside, bigger outside :D
  5. stefanski macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2004
    >So basically the only other thing i can do is upgrade my hard drive

    Look into switching to SSD which of course depends on your budget as these things aren't cheap but would make for a significant boost in performance.

    Or.... You could just buy a new imac... :D

    However, I believe your wrong with what you're saying. There is no way that the same imac would feel slower with 4GB than it did when it had 1GB. That is if you compare Apples with Apples. Computers tend to become slow over time as you add more rubbish and resource eating stuff you probably never really use. Did you do a fresh install when you installed SL? Sure, Snow Leopard would demand more from you imac but now that you have 4GB, it should be nice and smooth. I mean downloading things has nothing to do with your imac but more with your network set up and ISP unless of course you screwed up your network settings.

    Switch to SSD, add an external FW800 disk and you'll be set for another 2 years easy.
  6. tac22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Okay isn't my internal hard drive the fastest they get my specs (250GB Serial ATA1; 7200 rpm) Or do they go faster. I know about SSD, and they are amazingly faster, though much more expensive. If i wanted to, would my iMac be compatible with an SSD, and would you recommend it.

    Definitely getting an external drive to increase space though
  7. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Not sure about SSD being compatible in your Mac, but if purchasing one i'd get a smaller drive to keep the price down and just put your OS and applications on it and use the external for most media files.
  8. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    No, I posted a link to where you should upgrade your RAM.
  9. Mr Bow macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010
    Peterborough, UK
    and the OP posted that he had already upgraded to 4GB :confused:
  10. tac22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Yea i said i upgraded to 4gb of ram already, unless you can have more, which i pretty sure you can't, and otherwise 4gb is sufficient, i rarely have over 3gb being used.

    So it seams like a SSD drive is the only other option? and i'm still trying to figure out how possible it would be to swap my hard drive with one.
  11. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Your iMac can take 6GB using 1 4GB stick but it won't go any faster if you are not even using 3GB. Look to ifixit.com or youtube for guides on how to replace the drive. An SSD internal would be your best bet followed by a good sized (1TB) 7200RPM internal. An emptier drive is faster than a fuller one. If you go for the SSD route, get a big external FW800 drive if you need more space.
  12. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    Thats still a nice machine I would definitely get a cheap ssd in their and feel the speed! No point spending too much money as you are limited by the 1.5 gigabits per second on the sata connector. You will need a 3.5-2.5 connector.
  13. tac22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Well, i was searching around and i think i found the best ssd for a mac, if i want to make this invesment i sure don't want buy one that degrades over time. Anybody else heard about the Mercury Extreme Enterprise Class SSD SATA 3.0GB/s Solid-State Drive

    Comes in 50Gb 100GB 200GB, priced at 230, 400, and too much for me to think about...

    I'd sure be willing to pay 230, but do you think 50GB is large enough... it seams so small to me... even if i have an external drive for most media.
    i'd be fine with the 100GB, but its really out of my price range right now...

    So is 50GB enough, and how quickly will it take for the price to drop, and should i wait
  14. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Id skip the SSD myself.

    IMHO -- the best bang for the buck would be a 1TB Seagate 7200.12 drive.

    About $100 and one of the fastest price/size drives you can buy.
  15. tac22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Well, i might not put the ssd in, but if i'm not, i'm also not going to crack my imac open just to put a larger hd in, so i'll just get a big external hard drive for my media, to free up some space, and keep on thinking about the ssd.
  16. BulletToothTony macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    opposed to what most mac owners may say.. a nice defrag speeds up things for me A LOT.. i can always see this on boot-ups.. when my imac starts taking over 40 seconds to boot up i run idefrag and after that it comes back to the original 33 second boot-up..

    you do have to run this program from a secondary harddrive which is indeed a big pain but it's definitely worth it to me..

    i installed leopard on a partition of my time machine back up disk then i boot up on that partition and run i defrag.. it completely ejects my main hdd and it takes about 3 hours to do a full defrag..

    idefrag does cost money but i found it for free at the place where captain morgan likes to visit :D.. you can at least try it.. it works for me good luck
  17. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    A completely fresh install of Snow Leopard doesn't cost anything and might speed things up a bit.
  18. archipellago macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2008
    go back to tiger or leopard.?

    slow leopard is a dog

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