Questions dealing with performance of Apple hardware or software, especially about troubleshooting or improving poor performance.

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Understanding active, inactive, free and swap memory allocation

this is a conceptual question that came up from an issue I have. I've been monitoring memory usage with iStat Pro and Activity Monitor for some weeks, since my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion ...
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Macbook Air i7 vs Macbook Pro Retina i5 [duplicate]

I'm thinking of buying either a high-end 13'' Air (i7 and 8GB RAM $1,549.00) or 13'' rMBP with an i5 ($1,699.00). Setting aside portability, display and other differences which I'm still pondering, ...
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Macbook Pro Late 2011 stuck at 0.8 GHz

I have been experiencing a lot of problems with my Macbook Pro slowing down and crawling through small tasks like getting mail and opening Launchpad. I have 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory and a 2.2 GHz ...
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Which background processes can I disable to speed up my Mac

If I'm on an old Mac and I just want the basics (web browsing, text editing, multitasking) to run a lot faster and I don't mind losing out on bells and whistles or temporarily disabling unneeded ...
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How to check if MacBook battery is genuine?

My white MacBook's battery has completely died, so I'm looking for a replacement. It costs $150 from Apple, or about $70 for allegedly genuine Apple batteries on eBay: I'm leaning toward this ...
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OS X software RAID 0 with 6x SATA SSD?

I will be able to use a former video editing "Mac Pro" :) for a bit, free to configure anything I want in software. I would like to experiment with setting up OS X software RAID 0 with 6x SATA SSD. ...
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Process “ubd” high CPU usage

I noticed my MBP got really slow, which must be strange with SSD and 8GB of RAM. So I opened the Activity Monitor to discover a process called ubd keeps its CPU usage very high, about 120% most of ...
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Will Mountain Lion make an older computer run faster or slower?

Performance/responsiveness is a common concern with new software, especially on older machines. In general, upgrading from Snow Leopard (10.6) to Lion (10.7) wasn't too bad, but now Mountain Lion ...
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I run out of RAM on a 8GB MacBook Pro 15"

I'm a designer using Snow Leopard on a MacBook Pro 15" (i7) with 8GB Ram, 500GB (180GB free) (2010 model). I usually use Chrome (4/5 tabs), Firefox (1/2 tabs), Skype, VM Ware Fusion (with Win XP, ...
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Is my hard drive starting to fail?

My MacBook Pro (mid-2012, 16GB, i7 2.3) has started to misbehave: very slow to start up and shut down application launches are slow system becomes nearly unusable when "free" memory approaches zero. ...
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AppleScript to find old mail messages is slow in ScriptEditor

So I have an AppleScript that iterates over all the messages in various mailboxes and finds messages which meet various criteria and moves them to Deleted Items. The mailboxes in question are ...
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Why is application switching slow on Late 2013 Mac Mini compared to early 2008 Macbook Pro?

I recently purchased a Late 2013 Mac Mini Quad Core i7 2.6Ghz with 4gb DDR3 ram, 1TB 5400 rpm drive model APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E662 running OSX 10.8.2 I used Migration Assistant to migrate apps and ...
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Performance issues, can I recover memory?

In the past month I am having some serious performance issues with my MacBook Pro (2008 model). From the activity monitor, I get that the CPU usage is low (25%), disk usage is low (256 GB SSD drive, ...
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Awful Network Performance

I have a MacBook pro running Mountain Lion. When I copy files over the local network, I get around 200Kb/s on a 1Gbps link (the light on the switch indicates 1Gbps). This morning I went to download ...
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What are the differences between journaling HFS+ and non-journaling HFS+?

I'm about to format an external hard disk drive (HDD). What are the key differences between journaling HFS+ and non-journaling HFS+? Apart from the fact that one has journaling and the other does ...
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Sluggish performance with Airport gear on 5 GHz

I've a network that is powered by an Airport Extreme and extended by an Airport Express. My Airport Extreme broadcasts 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz channels separately. 2.4 GHz operates on channel 4 and 5 GHz ...
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What's the fastest connection speed / shortest elapsed time using Migration Assistant?

When using Migration Assistant to move users, files, and folders from an old Mac to a new one, you have a few different choices, depending on the Macs involved. Presuming that both Macs have ...
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Does an old Intel Core Duo Mac Mini have enough performance to run the latest Garageband?

I am getting a used Mac Mini primarily so I can record music using Garageband. Will the 2007 or 2009 models have enough performance to run the latest Garageband and latest OS X? I will at most ...
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Do more desktops occupy more ram?

I was an exposè addict and so do I am for mission control. I was wondering if for many desktop you have "instantiated" the more your computer slows. Since I am a developer i always have at least 5 ...
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Getting performance measurement tools from Linux on Mac OS X

Mac OS X doesn't seem to have the Linux performance tools perf, pidstat, or mpstat. What other software has equal functionality on OS X? Or, how can I install these?
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Disable loopback interface lo0 on 10.8.4?

For testing purposes (testing raw network speed over a number of cables) i have equippped my Mac Book pro with a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter besides the built-in gigabit ethernet ...
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Are there serious problems using a 2012 MacBook Air (13 inch) for web development?

Hello I am totally new to the Mac world and I am interested can I use the MBA for web dev. My needs are modest: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Sublime Text 3 MAMP/XAMPP I do not need to optimize for 3D ...
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Comparison of the new macbook air and iMac Core Duo 2 2.66

I am planning to buy the new Macbook Air 13", as I need something more mobile, but only have a limited budget. So the Air 13" seems like a perfect solution. Currently I have a iMac which I bought ...
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Why is my iPhone 4 slower with iOS 6 than iOS 5?

The phone has been running perfectly fine with iOS 5.1.1 and yet the moment I switch to iOS 6 I have started looking up applications to free-up memory. Obviously the OS is consuming more memory for ...
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Tool for determining performance bottleneck

I am using my early 2011 MacBook Pro for iOS development, Photoshop work, and the like, and it is at times quite sluggish. Is there a tool that I can just run for a day, and then look at the ...
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How do I troubleshoot appalling write performance on DIY Fusion Drive? [closed]

I recently bought a 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 and stuck in my 2009 Macbook White, together with a optibay-adapter for the old 500 GB HDD and configured them as a corestorage "fusion drive" by using the ...
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System very slow while and after login

I'm using OS X 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini with 2.3 GHz Core i5 and 8 GB RAM. For security reason I have to lock my computer to screensaver while I leave my seat for a while. I set it up so that password ...
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MBP w/ OS X 10.8.3 Performing Quite Slowly Lately

My MBP (2.66 GHz i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) is about two or so years old. It's been running like a champ for most of its life. However, within the past few months, I've noticed a considerable degradation ...
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Retina Macbook Pro now has faster battery drain

I have disabled Hibernation mode and Deep Sleep mode, I also keep the charger plugged in about a week before removing it if I want to go somewhere with the laptop. I don't know if this is normal, but ...
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Comparing performance between the 2012/2013 MBA 13' baseline model

The MBA just launch and I did a little research on the baseline 13 inches for both years: -- MBA 13' (2012): i5-3317U @ 1.7GHz (turbo: 2.6GHz); 4000 Graphics: 350MHz-1050MHz MBA 13' (2013): ...
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How to troubleshoot stuttering iTunes video playback while downloading on Mac OS X 10.7.2?

Observations: Recently, not sure when it happened, with upgrade to Lion or before, but I have not been able to cleanly watch a video of any type in iTunes while something [movie, tv show, app, ...
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For the Apple SSD drives, will they run slower with less free space available?

From what I understand, most SSDs will run slower once there is 20% or less free space available, due to TRIM/garbage collection. However, are Apple SSDs the same way? The reason I ask is because ...
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Are the Retina MacBook Pro 15" suitable for PC (Windows) gaming?

I want to buy a MacBook Pro Retina 15" and install Windows 7 or 8 (boot camp) to play games. Obviously games aren't ready for this 2880x1800 resolution, so I hope I can set the games to run at ...
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Corsair GS 180 slowdown in Macbook Pro over a year's time

I installed a Corsair GS 180 SSD (revision 5.020000) in my Macbook Pro, around this time last year. (July 2012.) I ran the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test application, and ended up with: Write: 219.0 MB/s ...
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Mac OS Virtual Box performances [closed]

If you run Mac OS 10.8 with Virtual Box (on Linux), on a computer that supports hardware virtualization, how good will be the performances? With a powerful computer (i7, 8gb of ram, ssd hd), would ...
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Does An External Solid State Drive (SSD) Increase Performance In The Same Manner That An Internal One Would ?

I've read quite a bit on Ask Different and elsewhere about how fitting a Solid State Drive (SSD) is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to increase the performance of your Apple Mac computer. ...
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is it worth it to install SSD internally, instead of using USB3?

I prefer to keep my boot drive external, so that I can quickly boot using another Mac if my primary Mac fails. I use a USB3 drive dock to connect the drive to my Macs. I bought a 120GB SSD w/SATA3 ...
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2010 2.66 GHz 12 core Mac Pro not utilizing all 24 threads?

I just recently purchased a 2010 Mac Pro. I am wondering why all 24 threads never go past 50% usage when doing CPU intensive tasks. My coworker has a 2009 2.93 GHz 8 core Mac Pro and we both tried ...
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Help identify what uses the CPU when the Activity Monitor list of all processes does not help

Problem After rebooting, and with only Activity Monitor open, my MacBook Pro (10.6, i7) shows a very high idle % (98% or higher) but then shortly after drops down to 40% - 50%. In the Activity ...
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How do I improve my performance of my MBP (2009) after upgrading to 10.8.2

I'm relatively a novice when it comes to computers. I recently upgraded my MBP to the new OS X 10.8.2 and noticed that it's running much slower now. I purchased this laptop in the summer of 2009. ...
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Does the use of SSD give one a dramatic performance boost?

I use Mac book pro 15", and it's time to buy a new one. For HDD, now I see a new option of SSD, which is pretty expensive. I can expect shorter boot-up time and faster access of files, but I'm not ...
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How can I best use an SSD?

I have a Mac Pro, and I've added an Intel 80GB SSD to improve performance in LightRoom and Photoshop. So far so good. But after moving all of my current work, catalogs, etc. to the SSD, I still have ...
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What is the fastest iOS version for the iPhone 3GS?

I upgraded my wife's iPhone 3GS to iOS 5.0.1 and now basic tasks like opening apps like Texts/Phone dialer are now slower than before. I understand the 3GS is 2 years old, but just being able to type ...
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2010 Mac Pro beachballing/freezing

My machine is a 2010 Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 6-core intel xeon with 32 GBs of ram running Mac OS X 10.8.3. Just the other day it started to beach ball after about an hour of use. It doesn't make any ...
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OS X unusably unresponsive after upgrading 10.6 to 10.8

Every other click and keystroke seems to cause my MacBook to just freeze for minutes at a time. (I saw How to fix OS X Lion being unresponsive? but I'm not seeing much swap activity nor is my RAM ...
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Is there a guideline for the max number of active fonts

I manage my fonts through FontExplorer X. Today I noticed that I have 770 fonts activated. All legitimately licensed, by the way. The Adobe CS family installs a bunch, I've purchased and have received ...
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Hot File Clustering with multiple partitions

I'm planning a performance-oriented clean install of OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if the hot file clustering feature will exists only on the boot partition or if there will be one for each partition ...
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OWC SSD freezes regularly

I installed a new 115GB SSD with a clean lion install in my MacBook pro (2010) with the data doubler containing my old seagate hdd. The install took over five hours, which made me pretty suspicious ...
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Why might my mac be running extremely slowly at times?

This sounds like a pretty open, multi-possibility question, but I'm at a loss. I continually experience my mac falling behind by several words or characters. I mainly notice it in chrome and adium, ...
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Using memory with a higher MHz rating? [duplicate]

Can MacBook Pro's successfully support and fully exploit RAM of a higher MHz rating than that which they ship with? For example, take my 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2011) that ships with 4GB of 1333MHz ...