10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2009 7:22 AM by veedeekay45
veedeekay45 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Dear All

Is there a way to clean up my Macbook. I have done many downloads and other stuff and my machine has slowed down significantly, so is there a way to just 'clean it up' please?
thanks
veedeekay

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Gregory Mcintire Level 4 Level 4 (2,170 points)
    "many downloads" do not slow down a computer unless your hard drive is almost full. "and other stuff" might, depending on what the stuff is you refer to.

    Have you considered Rebuilding Permissions?
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4 (1,535 points)
    Gregory is correct... you should have around 10 to 15% of free space on your drive at all times. So if your Macbook has a 60GB drive then you should have around 6 to 9GB free, if you have a 160GB drive then around 16 to 24GB free.

    Maybe one of the downloads is an app that you installed and is executing inthe background and hogging up valuable system resources.

    Open Activity Monitor and see what CPU, Memory and HDD utilization is at, when the Mac is not performing correctly.
  • veedeekay45 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have 27.92GB available. downloaded iWork 09, and Open Office and game from Macgames. I did a verify on Macintosh HD and got this message:
    Macintosh HD

    volume header needs minor repair

    Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit

    1 HFS volume checked
    Volume needs repair

    Does this have something to do with the slowness? How can I repair the volume please?

    thank you

    veedeekay
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4 (1,535 points)
    It is very possible.

    You should boot from the install DVD that came with the Mac, and Run "Repair Disk" and "Repair Disk Permissions" from disk utilities.
  • veedeekay45 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I know I marked this as solved, because I thought I knew how to do this. But I dont know how. I inserted the Install Disk 1 and then dont know how to proceed after I booted with this disk. what programme do I open? If I use disk utilities will it be the Macintosh HD one which does not allow me to Repair the volume. HELP!
    thanks
    veedeekay
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,635 points)
    Sounds like you got to the right place anyway!

    What exactly does Disk Utility report? Is your hard drive partitioned?

    ~Lyssa
  • Gregory Mcintire Level 4 Level 4 (2,170 points)
    veedeekay45 wrote:
    If I use disk utilities will it be the Macintosh HD one which does not allow me to Repair the volume. HELP!
    thanks
    veedeekay

    If it does then you have nothing to worry about! It won't let you do, or require you to do, something that cannot be done.

    Have you even tried it yet? Just do it!!!!
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4 (1,535 points)
    As Lyssa and Gregory have stated it sounds like you're in the right area and if it doesn't highlight the "repair button" then nothing to worry about.

    But just to make sure you got there ok here's the whole procedure.

    1. Put install dvd into the Macs drive, then power-off.

    2. Power-on Mac and immediately press and hold the "C-key" until you get to the choose language screen, then select your language and continue.

    3. The next will be the Welcome Screen, Go to the top tool bar and select Utilities, then select Disk Utilities.

    4. In Disk Utilities select your drive (should say Macintosh HD) from the left window.

    5. In the right window select First Aid if not already selected. In the first Aid window towards the bottom you will see a button to "Repair Disk" press that button to run it. If it finishes with errors run again until it no longer has errors. Then run "Repair Disk Permissions", located on the bottom left.

    6. While you are in the First Aid window verify the S.M.A.R.T. status, located in the bottom window it should read "Verified".

    Once you are complete then just quit Disk Utilities and reboot the Mac.

    Hope this works for ya...
  • veedeekay45 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello Lyssa

    No the hard drive is not partitioned.

    thanks
    veedeekay
  • veedeekay45 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Many thanks to all of you - much appreciated.

    veedeekay