In­ter­nal stor­age

Mac Format - - FEATURE -

You should aim to keep a min­i­mum of 10% of your startup disk’s ca­pac­ity free so OS X can per­form var­i­ous house­keep­ing tasks. Any less than this and you’ll suf­fer a se­ri­ous

per­for­mance hit. Re­plac­ing the in­ter­nal drive can be im­pos­si­ble (again, this isn’t a ser­vice­able part on the lat­est MacBook) or dif­fi­cult (on the late 2012 Mac mini it’s just un­der the top sur­face, which means, be­cause you ac­cess the in­nards from be­low, you need to re­move ev­ery­thing to reach it – en­trust this task to a pro­fes­sional). If you’re us­ing an older MacBook or iMac with a hard disk, this may be spin­ning at 5,400rpm. Up­grad­ing to a 7,200rpm model is a sen­si­ble, eco­nom­i­cal move, but if you can af­ford the next step – a solid-state drive (SSD) – you’ll re­ally no­tice the dif­fer­ence it makes.

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