Easy things to do to speed up Mac?

daveyboy

Logician
I was just reminded about the free app "Monolingual". It gets rid of foreign languages that get automatically installed on your Mac. I think I reclaimed around 10gbs of hard drive space yesterday after deleting everything except American and Spanish. Working today I swear my 4 year old beast is a little faster! As always, make sure you have a working clone just incase.

Besides the obvious things like running onyx and tech tool pro, what other easy under the good things are people doing to improve performance?
 

CSeye

Logician
A couple of things to keep in mind:
Avoid Monolingual if you also use the Adobe Creative Suite as it will not function without all of those foreign languages. But if that's not a concern, then Monolingual does indeed free up a significant amount of space. I think it's recommended to keep all English options (American, Canadian, British or whatever). Also be careful about which keyboard layouts are removed.

Avoid Mac Keeper like the plaque!!! A Google search will yield many problems with it removing authorization in the process of cleaning your mac for the purpose of speeding it up.
http://mackeeper.zeobit.com

At this point, my strategy consists of:
1. Running Cocktail on a regular basis. (Audio components is unchecked in Step 2 Options to avoid messing AU scanning) http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/
2. Off-loading large files to ext drives. Word is that drives should always have, at the very least, 10 to 15% free storage capacity in order to function. More free space will allow the drive to function more quickly. I don't like to fill my system/app drive more than 60% for those times when I may need large, temporary storage.
3. Separate drives for Logic projects and for sample libraries.
 
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