2100 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2009 6:12 AM by Carolyn Samit
Check to see how much free drive space there is.
Right or control click the MacintoshHD icon. Click Get Info. In the Get Info window you will see Capacity and Available. *Make sure you always have a minimum of 10% to 15% free disk space at all times.*
*"it was knocked off the table once, by my roommate, but not from very high up. "*
MacBook's have a sudden motion sensor that helps to protect the drive if it's dropped. Unless it fell on a hard surface and you can still boot the Mac, I doubt if that has anything to do with it running slow.
Good! Available 194GB You are nowhere near the 10% mark.
Ok.. since things are slowing down... try booting from your install disk and run the Disk Utility app to check the startup disk for errors. You will need your install disk to do this.
Insert Installer disk and Restart, holding down the "C" key until grey Apple appears.
Go to Installer menu (Panther and earlier) or Utilities menu (Tiger and later) and launch Disk Utility.
Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in the left panel.
Select First Aid in the Main panel.
(Check S.M.A.R.T Status of HDD at the bottom of right panel. It should say: Verified)
Click Repair Disk on the bottom right.
If DU reports disk does not need repairs quit DU and restart.
If DU reports errors Repair again and again until DU reports disk is repaired.
When you are finished with DU, from the Menu Bar, select Utilities/Startup Manager.
Select your start up disk and click Restart
*"like when I first turn it on, it takes forever to go to the users box."*
Open System Preferences/Accounts and select the Login Items tab.
If there are any applications listed there, delete them.
And go to ~/Library/Startup Items. If there are any files in the Startup Items folder, delete those also.
And see if deleting this file helps.
/Users/YourName/Library/Preferences. Drag that file to the Preferences folder to the Trash, empty the Trash and restart your Mac.
Message was edited by: Carolyn Samit
You got it... The C key.
It's good that the disk is in good shape.
Run cron tasks to empty old log and cache files. That might help also.
If you leave your Mac on between 3:15 and 5:30am in your time zone once a month, your Mac will run the cron tasks for you.
More information here. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2319
Thank you for the star.