After juggling with the speed and performance of my laptop for days, I eventually took it to the customer service and I was told that my laptop needed defragmentation. It was Greek to me and I didn’t understand the technicalities of what goes around it. But soon it made sense to me when the executive provided detailed information on defragging. For ease of those who are not aware about the term, here is a small explanation.
So what is Mac Defragmentation?
Hard drive is at its optimum speed initially and slows down with time as more and more data is accumulated. Defragmentation comes into place when the hard drive gradually shows inability to keep related data together. Over the time the drive becomes clogged with large unused files, apps and softwares and the more space we use on the computer the slower it gets. In layman’s term it just means cleaning up of the hard drive to maintain or speed up the performance of the machine.
While it is quite common for windows users, the term is relatively new for Mac users as it is not very frequently required or used by them. If you have been told that OS x comes with this feature automatically and defrags your files anyways, it is partially correct. But it only defrags smaller files. The larger ones still need manual defragmenting in the long run.
What does Defragging do?
The cleaning up process clears disk space for more data and it also groups large files together in one spot so as to leaves large chunk of free space which may be required for bigger files in the system. This also reduces frequent defragmentation in future. Well, if you are not technical enough to do it yourself, there are loads of softwares available in the market and online to do the work for you with efficiency.
How do these softwares and apps work?
It starts with scanning your computer while exploring all hidden files and spaces and will present you a report to decide which files you wish to delete. If the software is efficient enough, it may also suggest unused, duplicate and useless files which needs deletion along with a section of important files to be kept. While getting a freeware for Mac is not easy, one can use iDefrag, Drive Genius or MacKeeper to start with.
Alternative to Mac Defragging –
Since defragging is not essential for a very long time while using Mac, they what you should do if your system is not performing well and is sluggish –
- Repair Disk Permission – Use disk utility to verify permission to scan your Mac and highlight inconsistent permissions with their related. bom files. Click repair to fix any issues related to permissions.
- Easiest way to speed up is to close all un-used application.
- Turn off the start-up apps that you don’t require – Go to System Preferences – Users and Groups and select Login Items. List of applications will appear that open on startup. Deselect them and you are done.
- Also leave at least 10% of the overall HDD space free to your computer so that background actions are performed smoothly
- Empty the recycling bin regularly.
See if these options work for you else take it to a professional to sort out the issues.