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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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What is memory pressure, and how do I relieve it?

I have had my machine for more than a year now, and I'm looking at Memory Pressure in the Activity Monitor. What is this memory pressure and How do I "relieve" this memory pressure from my system? ...
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Can I force my Mac to make better use of the inactive memory?

I use mysql and it takes up to 2.5 GB of my ram. I checked activity monitor and saw that I have 1GB of inactive memory but it never changes even if I have only 10MB active free memory. Is there any ...
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Trouble Understanding Inactive Memory in MacOSX

I thought that I understood how MacOSX manages memory, but recently I’ve become baffled by its performance. Here is the situation: I have a brand new Core i7 system with 8GB of physical memory ...
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Why is my memory still inactive after purging?

I'm trying to understand how memory is allocated on my machine. I have read, and believe I understand, these posts and associated links: Trouble Understanding Inactive Memory in MacOSX, Inactive ...
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How to specify command to always run as root?

In Mountain Lion, I frequently used a simple automator app called "Purge Memory" which just ran "purge" in the command line. I really enjoyed cleaning the RAM, especially when buggy apps ran memory ...
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Suggestions to make a old Macbook Pro faster?

I got a Macbook Pro I think the year 2010. How can I make it faster because,it starting to get slow. Are there Free or Inexpensive Apps or tricks to make it fast? Thanks!
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How to find memory leaking apps in OSX 10.6.8?

I have an old 2008 MacBook with 4GB of memory. (Memory from About this Mac, everymac.com gave me a different number.) I know it's old, but it almost seems like it's slower than it should be. I have a ...
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Alternatives to purge command

I read in a different thread (How to specify command to always run as root?) that using the purge command in Terminal to free memory is not a good idea. Does anyone know an alternative way to do this ...
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Huge memory leak in Mountain Lion

I recently bought a MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 with 8GB DDR3. By monitoring with htop I notice that my RAM usage sometimes goes up to 7GB, with only Google Chrome, a few iTerms a text editor and app ...
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Why is my inactive memory not getting free? [duplicate]

When my MacBook Pro (13" 2010, Intel C2D 2.4 GHz, 4GB RAM 1067 MHz DDR3, running Snow Leopard) runs out of free memory, instead of releasing inactive memory (which is mostly about 500 - 1000 MB), it ...
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How much RAM is recommended to be assigned to a virtual machine in VirtualBox?

I have installed Ubuntu in VirtualBox under OS X on a MacBook Pro. The laptop has 16 GB RAM, and I assigned about 11 GB to Ubuntu, because I thought that most work would be done in Ubuntu anyway. ...
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Is it OK to run -sudo purge, frequently? [duplicate]

I'm on Mavericks 10.9.2, 24GB's RAM, and my usage constantly teters on 23.95 GB in use very frequently. From what I can tell, the largest running process is 'kernel_task', and even then it's less ...
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5Gb of RAM being used with NO software running?

My computer (brand new) was using 12 Gb of RAM so after I was done exporting my video I force-quit everything and 8 minutes later it's still using 5Gb or RAM, is this normal?! It seems like so much! *...
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Amount of 'free ram memory', does that mean I should upgrade?

I regularly run several Java applications. There are about 4 applications that eat up a gig of RAM each(as I see in the Activity monitor). For the rest of the OS, I guess it is using another 3 gigs. ...

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