Ex­ter­nal de­vices

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If you rou­tinely store fre­quently used files on ex­ter­nal drives, look to up­grade any USB 2.0 de­vices to USB 3 or Thun­der­bolt, if your Mac

sup­ports those in­ter­faces. While a hard disk won’t draw the full ben­e­fit of the band­width they of­fer, per­for­mance is usu­ally a lot bet­ter than from drives that use USB 2.0. Re­duce the num­ber of USB de­vices that are shar­ing the same in­ter­nal con­troller (in Sys­tem In­for­ma­tion, se­lect USB on the left and check which de­vices are at­tached to each ‘hub’). Dis­able the op­tion in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences’ En­ergy Saver pane to put hard disks to sleep when pos­si­ble, so they’re al­ways ready for ac­tion; some drives over­ride this in firmware, so also check any man­age­ment soft­ware pro­vided by the man­u­fac­turer.

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