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Speeding up Mac OS X Snow Leopard with These Tips

This post is written by Vishal Chaudhary of StellerInfo
Snow Leopard seems to be slow and you are looking for solutions then you can try out the below steps to increase its speed.

  • Shut down the Mac and start it in the safe mode.
  • To do so, press the power button of Mac and press the SHIFT button till the system displays the load wheel under the Apple logo. Safe mode may take more time than a natural start so wait up to 30 minutes patiently.
  • Once the safe mode begins, login in a normal way from Apple menu.
  • Restart your Mac from Apple menu and notice any speed improvement.

If the problem still remains try repairing any corrupt system file to reduce sluggishness:

  • If you have the Snow Leopard disk with you then insert into the Mac. Now turn off the system
  • After a gap of 5 seconds, begin your Mac by pressing the power button
  • Once started hold down the C button from the keyboard to make appear the ‘Installer’ menu.
  • Once the Installer appears on your screen click Utilities<<Disk Utilities.
  • Upon opening the disk utility, select your hard drive visible from the left hand side and click to verify disk permissions. This option will verify your disk and list the errors found. Once the errors are displayed get ready to click ‘Repair Disk Permissions’. Let the disk utility run the repair and be patient.
  • Once both the process completes simply restart your Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Hopefully, repair disk permission would do the task for you. If any corrupted file is causing the Mac to slow then repairing it with bring close to its good old speed.

Alternative Solutions

The file system corruption causing the Mac to slow down is one side of a story. To diagnose the hard drive kindly verify the SMART status of each volumes and the drive itself. Here we need to know the amount of used and free space available.

  • Try to clean out system caches, Internet temporary files, and system logs.
  • Clean out unnecessary widgets from the dashboard. Widgets are nasty for the Mac OS X because they tend to run in the background causing the system memory in continuous use. Disabling the widgets would certainly save some good amount of memory which can be used by the Snow Leopard in other processes.
  • Get rid of cluttered desktop immediately and also de-clutter the volumes/hard drives.
  • Get rid of duplicate files, folders and remove any unwanted applications, software at once.
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