Quickly & Easily Speed Up Your Mac!
Tidy Up by Hyperbolic Software has released what I consider to be the easiest-to-use and most intuitive duplicate file removal software currently available, exclusively for Mac users.
The difference between Tidy Up and other methods is that the entire process is easy, fast, and secure.
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Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s the spinning rainbow beach ball. Lately I’ve noticed that it happens more often when I don’t maintain my Macbook properly. I’m using a Macbook Air which is less than 2 months old, so when I see the rainbow beach ball, I know that something isn’t right. Here are 7 ways to speed up your Mac.
1. Check the App Store for Software Updates, and Restart every so often.
I’m running OS X 10.8.2, and I’ve already had at least 2 software updates in the past 2 months. I know that sometimes it can feel like a pain in the you-know-what to have to download a new update, close your existing windows, and restart your computer. Sometimes I can be at fault here – I’ll often just put my Macbook Air to sleep by closing the lid, and the idea of restarting it is not something I want to do. However, this can make a big difference. So keep your Macs updated – and also, make sure to restart your Mac every few days, as just putting it to sleep doesn’t fully ‘refresh’ the Mac the way it needs every so often.
2. Reset the Safari Cache
Do you know that every time you visit a website, it stores the images and other site information to allow it to load faster the next time you visit? These site files can quickly add up and slow you down. My brother, who has a Macbook that’s a few years old, had no idea about this phenomenon. We cleared out his cache by selecting Safari > Reset Safari. You can also do so by clicking Safari > Preferences > Privacy, and then clicking “Remove Website Data.” You don’t need thousands of cookies and other files stored locally. So make sure to clean that out every so often as well.
3. Clear your desktop
The harmless thumbnails of your photos, screen shots, and downloads are not so harmless, after all. You should try to have as clear a desktop as possible. The reason is that every time you load up your desktop, it takes some system memory, or RAM, to load them up. When you have a whole lot of them, it can significantly slow down your Mac, and you might have to stare at a beach ball much longer than you’d like to.
4. Get Rid of Duplicate Photos and other Files
It should surprise no one that duplicate photos are a menace. Every time you dump your memory stick into your computer, you add hundreds of files that when left at their default large sizes, take up big blocks of space on your hard drive. It’s worth your while to a) use an external hard drive or cloud service, and b) to clean out all of your duplicate photos, music, video, language files, and folders in one easy sweep. You can do this manually, but for simplicity’s sake, I use TidyUp by Hyperbolic Software.
5. Monitor your Start-Up Items
I know that everyone loves the shiny icons in the dock, or task bar (except when they’re hopping up and down, of course). The problem with all of these running programs showing up every time you start your Mac, is that they hog system resources. Unless you are using the program every time you boot up, then you don’t need it automatically running. Go to System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items, and hit the ‘subtract’ button to get rid of programs that you don’t need running right away. I personally put a lot of programs in my Launchpad app instead – and if you don’t have the Launchpad app, then you can make a folder such as “apps” in your Documents folder, and can easily make a shortcut to that new folder by dragging it down to the dock.
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Posted: June 1st, 2012 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
OK – another viewer e-mail. In this example, a young lady told me that she’s getting this error message. It will pop up at her and will display “You need to free up space on the startup disk.” She’s deleted some files, but she still gets the error message. So what gives?
If you’ve gotten this message before, the first thing you’ve got to keep in mind is *Don’t Reboot*. If your machine is too full, it may not work after rebooting, and you’ll have to take your macbook or imac to a technician or Apple Support.
Here’s what you should do to fix the ‘free up space’ issue:
Instead, when you get lots of rainbow beach balls and error messages like this, you need to locate the BIG files, such as movies, photo folders, mp3s, etc. and move them to an external storage drive (or delete them.)
I also recommend you make sure your recycle bin has been emptied, and that you’ve deleted any video or mp3 duplicates.
If you have already reboot and you can’t access your computer, then you’re going to need to access your boot drive from either OS X booted from a different drive, or via a separate Mac with Firewire Target Disk mode.
For most people, this basically translates to – take it to the store, which we’d like to avoid, if possible.
So – if you’ve got the message telling you that you need to free up space, then move or delete the big files, run a double file checker, empty your recycle bin, and THEN reboot your system.
Got a question? E-mail me: steve (at) duplicatefilesoftware.com
Posted: June 1st, 2012 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
Have you been using Safari on your Macbook and it’s crashing, freezing, and stalling? Sometimes you can wait up to 20 seconds for a page to load that used to boot up in a flash.
What gives? Why is Safari suddenly performing like a browser from the distant past?
Recently I received a mail and it was from a viewer with 2 gigs of RAM on a 1st Generation Macbook. Pages were taking 20 seconds to load. Something was not right.
I suggested a few steps. First, he should make sure that he has ample space available in his hard drive. Empty his trash, move any huge video, audio, photo files, run a duplicate file locator, and finally, empty the browser cache, clear your history and cookies, and delete the ‘icons’ folder from / libary / Safari.
What I suggested to fix a slow Safari problem:
In this case, he had ample space, so it wasn’t a file bloat that was causing the slowdown. Could is be a malware or botnet that was causing the issue? We placed 2 new DNS values in his System Prefs>Networking>Airport>TCP/IP>DNS section.
They worked like a charm. Websites that took 20-30 seconds to load now loaded much faster.
Author’s note: Changing DNS may affect sites like Netflix, and iTunes, which need the default DNS to run properly.
Hope this helps a few of you out there with a slow safari issue!
Got a question? E-mail me. Steve (at) duplicatefilesoftware.com
Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
I recently received an e-mail where a user of this site was noticing something strange… his Macbook Pro was running VERY slowly, and without any particular reason. It had been running fine the week before, he had not downloaded any new software, or anything like that. So what was the problem?
He checked his hard drive space. His Macbook shipped with 120 gigabites of space. He had 10 free gigs left. (Also worth mentioning that he had 2gb of RAM in his Macbook Pro.)
So… he opened his Finder window to see that his free space was dropping down by 500 mb at a time. Up and down, all the way down to 6 free gigs.
What was going on? Was his Macbook Pro possessed by demons?
He quickly deleted a bunch of files and programs he no longer needed, ran antivirus software, ran Mac Disk Utility, but he didn’t fix the issue.
Here’s how I fixed the Macbook Pro Available Space Problem:
First off – the reason his space was fluctuating was because of the system cache. For example, if he was using a photo editing program or video editor, or was viewing websites with large files to load, then it would affect his cache. As a result, these programs would use the space in his hard drive, and it would appear like he had lost gigs of available space.
The reason his Macbook Pro has become so slow was because he had only 10 gigs free out of 120 gigs. That’s a drastic drop, that’s less than 10% of the original amount. When there is less and less space available, it becomes harder for the computer to find a nice, roomy place to find the space it needs to run fast. So I suggested he clean out at least 8 gigs of space. If he had a load of MP3s or Videos, back them up. Find duplicates, and see what kind of clean up that can achieve.
Also – he hadn’t emptied his trash in weeks.
This instantly saved him 500 mbs!!
It’s a good idea to keep tabs on your system. If it starts acting strange, it means something is wrong, and so now you know that you need to keep a fair amount of available space if you want your Macbook to keep running fast.
Do you have a problem with your Macbook?
E-Mail me your issues: ( steve (at) duplicatefilesoftware.com ), and I’ll sort them out for you!
Posted: April 22nd, 2012 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Speed Up Slow Macbook, Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
If you own a Apple (Mac) and use it a lot then you may notice that eventually there will be a drop in performance and more memory will be used to run your program’s.
The main causes of a slow Macbook are double files that include:
- iTunes files: iTunes uses up a lot of your computers memory and repeated music files and video files can slow down your computer severly.
- Photos: with the rise in popularity of high definition photographs, any copies can take up a serious amount of disk space.
- Software: downloaded programs can be a serious problem to the smooth running of your Apple Macbook.
These are just a couple of examples of the sort of problems that your computer will encounter that can cause it to run slow, affecting your enjoyment of your computer for you and your family. The solution to this problem is simple, you will need to either delete each redundant file yourself but this is time consuming and can cause problems with other files, or the better solution is to use a clean-up tool to speed up the macbook. Tidy Up will find, separate and delete all your unnecessary files safely and quickly.
The main benefits of using Tidy Up are:
- Remove double files
- Free up much needed disk space
- Removes unwanted and unused files
- Allows you to preview the files before deletion
- Totally user friendly and customizable
So to get your Apple Mac back to running smoothly then use Tidy Up the number one Mac OSX clean-up tool.
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Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
If you are using Aperture 3 on your Mac to take your photography passion ahead, you must be dealing with hundreds of duplicate photos and heavy images swimming across your Mac storage. Now that can be ignored for some time till your machine can take the burden, but after your Mac speed reduces to a freezing point, you might have to rethink your storage priorities.
Without any doubt, the duplicate files can be extremely handy in accidental situations and are usually kept as a backup but not all the files are really important to be kept for next hundreds of months.
Those who keep such large amount of junk photos and repeated images will surely taste trouble in the long run. But even if you decide to remove the doubled files from your machine, it is impossible to go through each and every file and find the particular photo for removal. The thought of such a tedious task makes you procrastinate and stops you to take any action.
Using software to identify and remove duplicate images in Aperture 3 is the easiest and efficient way to deal with this extremely important task. The reasons why you should use software for this purpose are many like:
- The automatic search will find thousands of redundant photos and images over your cup of coffee.
- The images can be located according to the file name, type and content for your convenience
- After the search, you can decide which ones to keep or discard.
To take your photography passion up the ladder, you need to be organized and clean you Mac to function smoothly. Use Tidy Up! best clean-up software for Mac users. You can download this software with to use its customized searches. Try it today and be impressed with its usability and convenience! It has never been so easy to remove duplicate images in Aperture 3.
Posted: November 20th, 2011 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
Maybe you are spending a fortune backing up your computer, cannot find any files when you need to, or your computer’s speed has slowed to a crawl and you are trying to figure out a cheap and easy solution. If you are that you might need to delete duplicate files, then I have the top five reasons to do it:
- Restore Hard Drive Space. Having duplicate files on your hard drive means you are wasting space on your hard drive. Every duplicate file on your hard drive takes up twice as much space as it should and will lead to headaches you don’t want.
- Eliminate the Need for Backup. If you are not aware of all the duplicate files you have acquired, you probably have added external hard drives to compensate. If you delete duplicate files these expenses can be avoided.
- Eliminate Confusion. Duplicate files can create confusion and frustration when you search for specific files. Often times duplicate files are stored over and over in multiple locations on a hard drive, and most people trip over the same file on a regular basis.
- Improve Organization. When you decide to delete duplicate files off of your computer, your will be given an opportunity to improve the organization on your computer. Taking this opportunity to organize your files will lead to faster and easier searches when you are looking to a specific file.
- Improve the Speed and Performance of Your Computer. Perhaps the easiest (certainly the cheapest) way to improve your computer’s performance is by maximizing the space on the hard drive when you delete duplicate files. Reducing memory use will limit the number of active processes your computer is trying to run and when that can be minimized your computer can be back running at its peak performance.
Posted: November 6th, 2011 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
One of the unfortunate characteristics of Macs is that they can be prone to overheating. Overheating leads to your Mac crashing and can cause a lot of headaches. There are several reasons why Macs overheat, and fortunately there are also several ways to combat it as well:
- Keep your Mac in a cool spot – If you are just cruising the internet or messing around, don’t worry too much about this, but if you’re working and have several tasks going at the same time you should take it into account. This doesn’t mean you should have your air conditioning vents blasting directly on your Mac but you definitely don’t want the heater blowing hot air on it either.
- Locate where are the heat outlets are on your Mac laptop and avoid covering them – Much of the hot air from inside the computer gets blown out through the gap between the screen hinge and the body of the laptop. If this vent is covered then your Mac is sure to overheat and crash, so make sure that part of your laptop has plenty of room to breathe.
- Try to avoid flash content – Most videos, online games, and applications are built on a flash platform. Unfortunately flash content will dramatically raise the temperature of your laptop which forces the fans to crank which drains a lot of battery (it’s a vicious cycle).
- Avoid direct sunlight – It may seem silly, or obvious, but simply keeping your Mac out of direct sunlight can save a lot of hassle.
- Clean out your hard drive – As you accumulate files over time and your hard drive fills up your hard drive has to work harder. Cleaning out your hard drive limits the number of active processes and prevents your computer from working too hard, which in turn prevents your computer from overheating. Try downloading Tidy Up! to clean out and organize your hard drive. It’s easy to download and will free up space on your hard drive.
Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
Over time, your Mac can start to run slow due to a build up of unnecessary or duplicate files which are created or left behind when you use your computer regularly. It can become frustrating when your Mac computer is not operating to the best of it’s ability. The good news is that there are a number of ways to speed up Mac operating systems.
The first step if you are hoping to speed up Mac OS X is to clear out the cache. The majority of Mac users use browsers such as Firefox or Safari to browse the internet. These both have the capacity to store a large amount of internet history and temporary files in the cache. However, as this list of visited sites grows with daily internet use, the performance begins to be affected and things will start running much slower. This in turn can cause Mac OS X to become sluggish as it gets clogged with these unnecessary files. That is why with most errors and performance issues, the first piece of advice is to clean out your cache.
However, this is not always enough to speed up Mac computers that are not performing well. There are other issues which can have a negative impact on your Mac’s speed and performance including duplicate files. Duplicate files take up unnecessary space on your system and over time they can really clog up the operating system. However, by downloading a suite of utility programs which will clean and optimize your operating system you will be able to return your Mac to its optimum level of performance and help to speed up Mac OS X. It is possible to download several free utilities to perform the necessary tasks, however, it can be more convenient and cost effective to find a software package such as MacKeeper from Zeobit or TidyUp! from Hyperbolic which can take care of a number of issues including duplicate files, junk files removal, application updates and even data encryption on files containing sensitive information.
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Posted: October 17th, 2011 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
It is a surprise to many Mac users that when you delete files, even after the trash has been emptied there is a possibility of recovering the data using specialist recovery tools such as the Undelete feature of MacKeeper. This is because the file actually remains on the system, but is marked as free space so that over time it is rewritten with newer data. While this can be useful if you accidentally delete a file that you still need, it is concerning if the files you want to remove contain sensitive information such as tax records, social security numbers or bank details.
The Shredder utility included in MacKeeper from ZeoBIT can delete files or folders permanently, leaving absolutely no possibility of recovery. The files are gone forever and even specialized software cannot retrieve them. This can help to ensure that files containing sensitive information cannot be accessed by unauthorized parties. It should be used when deleting anything on your Mac which contains your personal information, banking details, tax records or social security number.
Some situations in which it is highly recommended that you use. Undelete to ensure that your files are completely removed. For example, if you intend to sell, donate or give away your Mac then you will want to ensure that none of your private feels can be recovered by the new owner. It is also recommended that if you need to take your Mac to a repair center, you should take an external back up of private files and use Shredder to delete them permanently from your Mac before leaving it in the hands of technicians.
The Shredder tool included with MacKeeper is easy to use, you simply need to drag and drop the files you want to permanently remove and then click on the ‘Shred’ button. Protecting your private information has never been easier and you can give it a try free of charge by downloading a fully functioning trial version of MacKeeper.