Macs are pretty trustworthy computers. Although even the best technical creations need maintenance to run fast and smooth, so does your Mac. Especially if you have been using it for a few years already.
Some issues might be very visible and hearable – like a very noisy fan. You can follow this link to learn how to reduce the noise that the fan of your Mac makes.
Further on in this article, we’ll tell you some inside issues that your Mac might go through and we’ll give some advice tips for your Mac maintenance.
Backing Up Your Data
If you haven’t experienced an issue of losing your data before, it’s most likely that at some point you will. According to statistics given online, 31% of people said that hardware or system failure caused data loss, 29% lost data due to human error, and 29% percent mentioned that viruses, malware or ransomware led to data loss.
So there’s no other way than accepting that backing up your data may seem boring, but it’s necessary and unavoidable if you value your data. One of the ways you could do it is by using an app that is already in your Mac. The app is called the Time Machine and what it does is automatically backs up all your data.
As an alternative to this app, you can use virtual cloud storage like DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, pCloud, and some others. Another way to go is to keep an external hard drive. If you have a lot of data and especially media, like photos and videos, a hard drive might be an investment you want to make.
Keeping Your Mac Up To Date
So many of us tend to postpone the upcoming updates and think our Mac will do perfectly fine without the newest version of macOS. Then why is it that updates are so important? It’s simple: if you know why the updates are created, you’ll understand why you need it for your computer.
The newest updates fix things like bugs, security issues, performance issues, and many other things. So it’s very good and healthy for your Mac. The worst-case scenario is if you only update one thing at once: either the apps or the macOS. It’s important to understand that the app update comes right along with the newest version of macOS because the apps need to play along and perform with the macOS. If something crucial changes in the operating system, then some changes will be made to the apps as well.
So for maximum performance – don’t forget to update constantly. And if you are too busy and often forget to do tasks like this, you can use an easy reminder – you can schedule Apple updates. To do so, go to the Apple menu, choose Software Update, click on the Scheduled Check option, and choose Check For Updates. You can decide you want it to check for updates.
Check Your Hard-Drive Health
As perfectly technology might seem, it’s not. That’s why you need to check up on it. Your hard drive has a directory where it stores big amounts of files that are written and erased from it every single day of use. Each file also has a described position where it’s placed on your computer. But from time to time, those files might split into smaller parts across your drive.
Because of this reason, your Mac might become slower in performance. That’s why you need to defragment your hard-drive occasionally to get rid of those additional files.
If you go to Applications and then select Utilities, you will find Apple’s Disk Utility – it can do the maintenance of your hard drive for you. Launch it and select your hard-drive. Choose the First Aid tab and then click on Verify Disk. If it tells you that the volume needs to be repaired, you should use Safe Mode at the startup to repair this directory.
Check Your Hard-Drive Space
With the higher quality of images and video files, our hard-drives are becoming more and more packed with files. If it gets too full, it’s not good for the performance of your Mac – it will become slower and not as effective. There’s also a chance of losing some new data – if your hard-drive is so packed that some apps cannot save their newly created information on it anymore.
So how much free space should you keep? There’s no specific number and it depends on how much storage your hard-drive has. It’s best that you keep at least 10% of it free.
Restart And Shut Down Your Mac
We often rush, simply close our laptop, put it in the bag and run somewhere. Therefore we rarely restart or shut down the computer. Restarting your Mac is important because it frees up your RAM and regenerates some cache files. Now shutting down is important because even if you restart, you might have some apps lingering in the background which will lower your performance.