The best way to speed up your computer is to upgrade to a SSD Hard Drive.
There’s lots of information on the benefits of SSDs versus HDDs, but here’s the short version: Unlike an old-fashioned hard disk drive (HDD), which stores the computer’s info on a spinning metal platter, a solid-state drive (SSD) stores the information in silicon chips. Because there are no moving parts in an SSD, they can read and write information up to 20 times faster than a traditional HDD. This means that boot times, application launch times, and data retrieval get much, much faster when you use an SSD as the primary storage for your computer. Moreover, SSDs are more resistant to shock, vibration, and movement making them particularly suited to laptops and other devices that are subject to sudden knocks and bumps.
PC Expert Services SSD Upgrade Kits come in 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB drive sizes for every Intel-powered Mac that can accommodate a SATA Drive. And they work in both 2.5″ formats (for laptops, Mac Minis, and some iMacs), as well as in 3.5″ drive bays (like those found in larger and older iMacs) through the use of an included adapter.
THE MEMORY WAY
If you find yourself staring at OS X’s spinning beach ball more often than you’d like, then RAM is the answer. RAM is your Mac’s short-term memory—meaning every time the system opens a program or process, it loads it into RAM. If the system needs to juggle more applications than the RAM can hold, it has to offload some of them to a temporary storage area on the hard drive (called the swap file). This eats resources, slowing everything down to a crawl. It’s a bit like if you were cooking a complicated new recipe, when suddenly you run out of countertop space and all your cutting boards are full—you’d have to drop everything while you move stuff around and try to clear enough space to work.
To know if a RAM upgrade is right for you, open OS X’s Activity Monitor and click on the System Memory. If the chart indicates that most of your RAM is “Active” or “Wired,” you’re likely going to experience system slowdowns. While you’re there, check out how much RAM you have installed.
PC Expert Services in Irvine has the right SSD or Memory upgrade kits for your Mac. Say goodby to your slow Mac and get back on Speed track with a new SSD and Memory in your Mac.