For many years Apple has manufactured and sold its Macs with a few memory, causing the users to wait for the spinning ball to end before performing another computer task. Today Apple sells its computers with faster processors, but with still 4 GB of memory which, honestly, does not grant a fast machine at all. With apps, Itunes, videos and other paraphernalia, users should get at least 8 GB of memory on their laptop; Apple is of course able to do it but at an expensive fee.
Macs have always two slots and there is a lot of information out there on how to try to DIY a memory upgrade. As a matter of fact, with limited slots, it makes more sense to fit the highest capacity modules that a user can afford. Upping up the RAM will give a boost to the MAC, but the option of upgrading the hard drive should be considered as well.
Know your Mac First
Before attempting any upgrade, it is advisable to look at the specs. Clicking on the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen will trigger the Choose About This Mac and all the main computer information will show up. Furthermore, clicking on the More Info button, the system profile has all the information required for any part of the MAC. The memory section will even show how many slots are available and how much RAM is currently installed.
Upgrading the Operating System
Another way to speed up the mac is to upgrade its operating system. It is a known fact that a system upgrade will shrink or overwrite the existing files making room inside the hard drive. However, old macs cannot be upgraded to the latest version of OS x: there is a cut off point for every model, but in general terms a MAC from 2007 can still ran a 2010 version of the Operating system.
Clean Up your Mac
Once the hardware operations and upgrade have been performed, the software tasks come into play. MAC users can download the version of ONYX that is compatible with the OS that needs to be cleaned and execute the operations that the Cleaning tab asks to do. Clearing the cache is also a good thing to do, since the OS itself writes logs and other caches filling up the memory and the hard drive.
Making a MAC Snappy
Even if MACs are cleaned and boosted with upgrades, running many apps at the same time will strain the system’s resources. By only running the apps that needs to be really used, a user will see that the computer will become more responsive. A slower machine is not necessarily a computer to be thrown away; the above mentioned tips will help your MAC run smoother.