I have no application starting or loading anything when the mac starts.

I start my mac, see the login window, type my password and after that it takes a long time to login. I guess 2 to 4 minutes to login while the progress bar slowly advances.

I remember when this mac was new, 2 months ago and it would take seconds after typing the password to see the desktop and be able to operate the computer but with time, this time increased and there are days worse than others, where it takes longer.

I am proficient on terminal and other advanced stuff, if your explanation requires that.

Is there something I can do to make this faster?

  • What apps have you loaded on to the base system? If you are remembering the new login speed prior to adding any apps then you have to look at those you added…
    – Solar Mike
    May 12 at 20:23
  • @Duck Your comment should be the answer re the disks
    – mmmmmm
    May 12 at 20:53

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@SolarMike comment gave me other ideas and I have discovered the culprit. I have two USB disks permanently connected to my computer. Those take time to mount and makes the computer slow to login. Apple should mount these on the background just after showing the desktop.

I will try to replace those with SSD in the near future to make it less annoying.

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    Mounting an HD should not take minutes... to me it sounds there is some other issue at work here. Did you check the health of those HDs? Or are you saying that macOS is indexing the HDs before showing you the "desktop"? Because indexing could take minutes depending on the number of files/directories.
    – GACy20
    May 13 at 7:33
  • as far as I know there is no way to check the health of those USB HDs, by SMART status, I mean. I have did a check disk on them and they show no errors but both take from 2 to 4 minutes to mount. They are USB disks connected thru a USB-C to USB adapter. The disks are encrypted. One of the disks is a One Touch HD (non SSD), 5TB disk. If you know something I can do to check that, I appreciate.
    – Duck
    May 13 at 16:43

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