A scorched earth pol­icy is not the best pol­icy

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

De­spite go­ing through many of the pro­ce­dures you de­scribe for speed­ing up my Mac, I am still aware that it is op­er­at­ing slowly, and I would like to erase it and start again. Ev­ery­thing is backed up safely, of course, but as an in­stall disc wasn’t pro­vided with the Mac, I feel very wary. Could you give me fool­proof in­struc­tions, please? Diane McDon­ald Step 1: don’t. The idea of re­set­ting your Mac to brand new by start­ing again with a blank slate is just a se­duc­tive fan­tasy. The re­al­ity is that your Mac won’t get any faster this way. New com­put­ers feel fast be­cause they have new hard­ware, not be­cause they are emp­tier. Your Mac feels slower partly be­cause you are used to it, and partly be­cause you’re ask­ing more of it.

You don’t be­lieve me, I can tell. But I have seen this many, many times. If you erase and re­in­stall, you’ll waste an af­ter­noon set­ting ev­ery­thing up, and after the giddy ex­cite­ment of spring clean­ing dies away, you’ll be left with a com­puter that runs just as it did be­fore. Re­move un­wanted pro­grams from Lo­gin Items in Users & Groups pref­er­ences and up­grade your RAM if you can. After that, sit tight un­til you are ready to buy a whole new Mac.

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