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speeding up a sluggish 4 year old Macbook


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#1 joe2k1

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 08:12 PM

A friend approached me about speeding up his aging Macbook. Its less than 5 years ago. It works fine with one or two programs but when he opens many it gets slow. He's also got a message about the startup disk. Can anyone point me in the direction of trustworthy maintenance suggestions? 



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 09:18 PM

This article is dated but there are still some good ideas to try. 

 

https://www.macworld.com/article/1049489/software-utilities/softwarespeed.html


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 01:48 AM

A friend approached me about speeding up his aging Macbook. Its less than 5 years ago. It works fine with one or two programs but when he opens many it gets slow. He's also got a message about the startup disk. Can anyone point me in the direction of trustworthy maintenance suggestions? 

 

Which Macbook does he have, exactly? What's the size of the hard drive and how much space is available and how many GB RAM does the MB have? What exactly is the startup disk message?


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Posted 28 April 2018 - 07:10 AM

Thanks folks! This is helpful. I don't know any details about the macbook aside from it being a mid range model when it was purchased many years ago. I suspect the hard drive must be almost full, which would explain why he asked about a decent external usb drive for backups/data. 






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