I guess every Mac user has faced the problem of the increased boot time. It seems that your machine takes forever to reboot. It may spoil the overall positive impression of using Apple products.
In most cases, the boot time extends due to the:
- Launching the resource-hungry processes;
- Having zillion startup/login items;
- ‘Heavy’ visual effects;
- Broken disk permissions.
The best way to stop your suffering is to purchase a solid state drive (SSD) and set up macOS on it. However, not every user is ready to shell out couple hundred dollars for the 256GB or even 128GB disk in addition to not-so-cheap Mac. After all, most of us want to save money instead of wasting them every time our devices stop working the way they should. I will give you the idea how to do that.
Before we get to the matter of the article, please, make sure to backup all your data to prevent losing any important file(s). Although the methods listed below are time-proven and usually do not cause the data loss, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
How to Speed up Your Mac Boot Time with Onboard Tools
The first way to speed up your Mac boot time is to verify the hard drive and permissions. It helps to check and fix hard drive problems that could lead to the slowdown in the booting process.
As far as it is considered the easiest trick, you should try this one first.
- Launch Disk Utility (your Spotlight or Finder will help to find it).
- Once you notice the panel with the hard drives, click the boot partition.
- Choose Verify Disk Partitions. In case of the reported problem, pick Repair Disk Permissions. Then, select Verify Disk to scan for mistakes. If Disk Utility detects a problem, choose Repair Disk.
What about the startup applications and login items? If you prevent the apps from automatically launching at boot, they will stop increasing the boot time. What do login items include? Those are helper daemons, menu bar items, and full-blown applications. So, how to prevent these things from launching?
- Launch System Preferences and move to “Users & Groups.”
- Choose the user account you prefer booting with. Go to “Login Items” tab.
- Pick files that you don’t want to launch during the boot and push the minus button to get rid of them all.
The next good idea is to reset PRAM/NVRAM. By clearing the startup settings, you eliminate the wrong settings that prevent the boot process from being fast.
Macs possess a special type of memory known as PRAM/NVRAM. Such memory is used to store all kinds of settings (e.g., designated startup disk). Just reset your Mac’s PRAM/NVRAM to improve the booting speed:
- Turn off the computer.
- Choose Command + Option P + R
Also, try reindexing Spotlight. It might contribute to reducing the boot time on your Mac as well.
Next. Have you noticed various visual effects showing up once you try to boot your Mac? For some users, it’s a dilemma: choosing between what is pretty and what is rational. Once you see the result, you will support the idea of switching off the visual effects:
- Find Dock in the System Preferences.
- Remove ticks from Animate opening apps, Automatically hide & show the Dock.
- Choose to Minimize windows and change Genie effect to Scale effect.
Another popular question is, “Would a system reboot speed up an old Mac?” Whenever your machine runs slow like a snail, try to restart your Mac. Whenever you notice freeze or system crash, reboot your Mac. In other words, Mac’s reboot helps in many incomprehensible situations. A refreshed Mac should perform better anyway. Don’t worry – you won’t lose any file as the system always asks whether you wish to save all current changes.
The last thing I am going to discuss is quite obvious. By freeing up some space on Mac’s hard drive, the user speeds up the entire system, including the boot. The chances your startup time will reduce after deleting several huge files are not that high, but still, this method is worth trying.
Many valuable tips exist to save the space on your disk. First of all, the user should use default utilities like Finder or Spotlight to detect the junk (e.g., duplicate files in various locations). Second, it is important to decide which files should stay. Finally, the user simply removes everything he believes is useless.
Can I Solve Slow Mac Startup Problem with Extra Money?
Some Mac users trust only the paid things, so I cannot skip this part. Sure thing, there are some paid methods to speed up your macOS X boot-up (it usually refers to the older Macs, but some things might be interesting for users running macOS High Sierra, too).
The most popular way to solve the problem of sluggish Mac is buying and installing solid state disk (SSD). It is the most effective approach to breathing a new life into your Apple computer. A solid-state drive has a lot of advantages compared to the hard drive. SSD allows Mac to boot faster, speed up the system when multitasking and copy files in the blink of an eye.
But still, you can decrease the boot time significantly without any financial investments, so why would not you try the last tip? I would call it a combined method as it can be either free or paid, but is never too expensive.
I am talking about various Mac cleaning applications. The user has to download the app for free or once he pays for it.
Many cleaning tools on the market are powerful apps capable of speeding up the boot-up process, freeing up the disk space and improving the overall Mac’s performance. Such utilities can detect the files you don’t need any longer, define their location, and eliminate them once and forever. Of course, if we speak about software, the user can reinstall it later.
Ready to solve your ‘slow Mac problem’ with the few clicks? Start acting today to get a cheetah instead of a turtle!
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