OnyX – Tune-Up for a Slow Mac
My 2 year old MacBook Pro had been dragging its feet recently. Too many spinning beach balls of doom within Safari, iPhoto and Numbers.
The hard drive is also getting pretty full with only around 30GB of free space on the 320GB drive, so that may also have something to do with the machine’s sluggishness.
I Tweeted the MacBook Pro’s symptoms and Steve Stanger of The Mac Attack Podcast came back with the suggestion that I try an application called OnyX which enables you to run various system maintenance tasks on your Mac.
I duly downloaded OnyX version 2.2.3, a free application from Titanium Software
Upon launch, OnyX recommends “Checking the S.M.A.R.T. status” of your start up disk. Once completed, you can then move on to choose other tasks from the OnyX task bar.
From the Maintenance tab I ran Repair Permissions, Execute Maintenance Scripts and Rebuild Launch Services
and from the Cleaning tab I deleted the suggested caches.
Once all the tasks had been completed I restarted my machine.
Now I don’t pretend to understand what half of these tasks actually do, but the result is my MacBook Pro feels faster as I switch between tasks or applications and is far more responsive following its tune-up!
It is recommended that the “Rebuild Launch Services” and “Delete System, User, Internet and Font Caches” tasks are NOT performed more often than every six months, as more frequent use of these particular maintenance tasks can actually result in the slowing down of your computer.
For a more detailed explanation of OnyX and Mac maintenance have a listen to episode 106 of The Mac Attack Podcast where Steve Stanger discusses his routine maintenance tasks.
OnyX also enables you to configure some features of the Finder, the Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail and other OS X applications.
I just need to set myself a six-monthly reminder in BusyCal and I’m all set with my regular maintenance schedule.