How to speed up your Mac

Do you remember when your Mac started up in a few seconds?

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How to speed up your Mac

If you do remember when your Mac started quickly, you’ve either got a very good memory or you already have a Mac fitted with an SSD (Solid State Drive) instead of a conventional HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and at least 8 GB of RAM (Random Access Memory)

In the last year or two the Apple Mac OS (Operating System) has become bigger and bigger to incorporate all those new features and extra security measures. Unfortunately, the consequence of this is that your old Mac has become slower and slower and it now takes much longer to load into memory on startup.

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Upgrading or adding an SSD (Solid-State-Drive)

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have no working parts so you can read and write data to and from them very quickly. Think of them as a very large USB Thumb drive or Flash Drive. They use the same technology.

SSD‘s range in size from 120 GB to 3000 GB (3 TB). Most commonly pre-installed HDD are 500 GB to 1 TB in size. Current prices (March 2018) for SSD’s range from $389 installed. If you wish to keep your existing HDD, a small additional SSD can be added just for booting up or the entire disk can be replaced. 0.

Replacing your HDD with a newer conventional Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

If your computer has a HDD and is over 4 years old, you will notice it’s performance deteriorating.

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Simply replacing the old drive with a newer version of the same drive, will increase performance and data security but you are not going to get the same speed boost as upgrading to an SSD.

A 1TB HDD fully fitted can be performed from A$300 inc GST by the IT Guys

SSD Upgrade Prices

If your Mac is less than 4 years old but slower than usual, try a disk repair first.

How to do a disk repair on a mac

To increase your computers overall performance, you also need to upgrade the computers RAM (Random Access Memory)

Upgrading RAM memory

To find out if or how much your Apple Computer can be upgraded, you firstly need your computers serial number which can be found on the underside of MacBooks or the base of the stand on iMacs or click on “About this Mac“. A comprehensive guide to locating your serial number can be found here.

Once you have your serial number, click on this link and enter the serial number, the utility will tell you all you need to know about your Apple Computer, it’s original specification and how much it can be upgraded by.

By supplying The IT Guys with your serial number, we can do this for you and advise on the cost of an upgrade.

Most early Mac’s were shipped with as little as 512 MB of RAM (Internal Memory for running programs) new Mac’s are now supplied with either 8 or 16 GB, this is the amount of memory Apple recommends for their latest operating systems such as Sierra or High Sierra

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Depending on the model of your Apple computer, upgrades are available for most models and we are more than happy to provide a written quotation.

Upgrading your Operating System (OSx)

Even without upgrading your computers RAM, Memory or HDD for an SSD, you can increase your Mac’s performance by updating to the latest Operating system (Currently HIGH Sierra) follow this guide to install the latest osx.  To check if your Mac is up to date, follow this guide.

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