Ridiculously cheap & easy way to speed up your old Mac!

Jan 14, 2016

Why is your Mac slow?

Have you noticed that your Mac is taking a long time to start up or to even just wake up? What about opening a new app? Is everything just taking longer than expected? Read on to learn how to Speed up your Mac using an SSD.

There are a few things that can make your computer slow, the most common one is a low amount of memory, the so-called “RAM” that everyone talks about. This memory is used by applications and computer processes, the more applications you have running, the more memory you use. In fact, every time you open a new window in an app it creates a new process and in some web browsers every time you open a new tab it starts a new process resulting in more RAM being used.

The computer manages it’s own RAM and tries to make do with what it has available, so if you don’t have enough memory available it will make your system slow down or even crash and this is when you see the never ending “beach ball”.

Normally, an easy solution is to install more memory on your computer, most older Macs came with 2GB of RAM, the not so old ones came with 4GB and most of the new ones come with 8GB as standard. The reason for the standard increasing each time is that as technology evolves, the newer operating systems and applications require more memory to operate as they are more powerful than their previous generations so if we update our operating system and our applications we should also upgrade our memory as well.

Nowadays, as seen in the new Macs, 8GB is the standard, which means this is the recommended amount of memory, unfortunately not all systems can be upgraded to 8GB, but anything is better than nothing so if you have 2GB you might be able to upgrade to at least 4GB and if your Mac came with 4GB you should be able to go up to 8GB or even more, newer systems can go to 8, 16 or even 32GB, you can send us your Mac’s serial number and we can tell you how much RAM you Mac can handle.

How can you Speed up your Mac – how about putting it on steroids by upgrading it to an SSD?

Watch this video to see how much faster your computer could be, its amazing how easy it is to speed up your Mac:

New Macs are being offered with a Solid State Drives (SSD) instead of the traditional hard drives, the difference in speed is incredible as you can see in the video. The reason for the massive difference in speed, is that traditional hard drive disks (HDD) are exactly that, disks, they spin at either 5400rpm (revolutions per second) or 7200rpm and have an arm that reads the information on the disk, think about it as a super fast record player.

Unfortunately it’s not fast enough, the problem is that your information is stored all over the disk so if you want to access a file the arm has to move to that location but if you want another file it then must move to another location and as we access many files at once, including the ones needed to run your operating system and any applications you may be running, it can be very hard for it to keep up. The new solution is SSD, it is not a disk so it does not have any physical moving components, everything is done electronically so information can be accessed at lightning speeds, resulting it much faster boot up time and application start up time.

How much does installing an SSD cost?

Obviously SSD drive upgrades are more expensive than a RAM upgrade, but they are definitely no-where near as much as they used to be, and no-where near as much as a new Mac. For drives up to 250GB they are quite affordable, it’s the bigger drives that can become very expensive; but no need to worry, if 250GB is not enough storage space for you and you still want the benefits of a SSD you might be able to have 2 drives instead of just replacing your current drive.

As DVDs and CDs become more rare to come by, you’ll probably find that you don’t use your DVD drive as much as you used to or at all. This is a genuine trend, so much so that new Macs don’t have DVD drives fitted anymore, this means you could probably do without it too and instead replace it for a SSD, this way you get to keep your existing hard drive and install a SSD as well, by doing this, not only do you increase the performance of your machine but also increase the amount of storage as well, to better take advantage of this second SSD drive you should install the operating system and all applications on to the SSD and all your user files stored on the standard hard drive.

At Your Mac Tech we can help you with all your upgrades, contact us for a free quote.