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Slow Mac

Nov 14, 2013 9:01PM PST

Good morning,

Once again I come to you for helpHappy

I updated to os x 10.6.8 which I have been using for months now. It has been working well until recently. For some reason it has slowed considerably and is not always responding to commands.

I have been processing a lot of pictures downloading them from yahoo and uploading into a different forum (yahoo seems to have made the same mistake as Obama; released a program before it was ready).

Anyway, can you pls tell me how I can clean up my mac. I know it is supposed to be doing it by itself but I am wondering if it is.

thanks again,


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How much space do you have left on your Hard Drive?
Nov 15, 2013 5:51AM PST

To find out, single click on the Hard Drive icon and press Command + G
RIGHT click on the Hard Drive icon and select Get Info.

That should tell you how much free space you have left on the drive


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73.77 G
Nov 15, 2013 7:01AM PST

Hey mrmacfixit,

Thank you for your fast response. I also thought of that but I have gosh-awful plenty Happy

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Remind us of the sort of Mac you have
Nov 15, 2013 7:05AM PST

Do you have an OS X installation disk?

Have you run Disk Utility?


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Nov 15, 2013 7:55AM PST

I do have the installation disk and didn't even know about the disk utility on it! I will try that and let you know what happens. Thanks for this much helpHappy


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Ran disc utility
Nov 16, 2013 2:04AM PST

Hey Mrmacfixit,

I ran the utility disc and it came up w/no problems. Do you have any other ideas? If there was a problem and the puter needed to be defragged or cleaned up otherwise, would that show up after running the check?



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OS X does not usually require a Defrag,
Nov 16, 2013 6:28AM PST

but you could download a copy of Yasu from and run a few of the routines in there. Read the instructions. This app, which used to cost money, is now free. Make sure you register it using the serial number shown on the site

Given that this is a laptop, you may want to consider using a can of air to blow out the ventilation slots to remove any dust bunnies and hamsters from inside there.

Think back and see if there is anything that you downloaded and installed that coincides with the slowing down of the machine.
If there is, remove it and see if that makes any difference