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TarDisk Tune-Up

This is a tutorial on how to make the most out of your TarDisk. Follow these tips to make your Peared MacBook run a lot faster!

  1. Run FSCK
  2. As part of the Pear installation guide, you will be presented with the "optional" step of running a File System Consistency Check. Although this step is optional for most users, it is highly recommended. This check will find and repair any pre-existing issues with your Hard Drive and file system that may cause problems during the Pearing process or which may be preventing your system from operating correctly.

    See how to run FSCK here

  3. Do an SMC reset
  4. The System Management Controller (SMC) runs a significant number of physical features of the MacBook, such as the LED indicators, the power button, cooling fans, and other peripherals, in addition to power management and battery charging. If you have abnormal battery loss, or are experiencing faulty USB, SD, or HDMI ports, this reset is what you will want to do. A reset can also help fix slow performance, startup issues, and WIFI hardware issues.

    See how to perform a SMC reset here

  5. Empty the trash can
  6. You should always make a habit of emptying the trash can. When you delete a file, it is not removed completely from your computer and is still wasting memory. Right click (or CTRL click) on the trash icon to empty it, or open the Trash can and click the empty button in the top right corner.

    Applications such as Photos, iMovie, and Mail all have their own trash cans as well, so empty these if you’ve deleted a lot of pictures, videos, or emails within those apps. CTRL/ Right click on the trash button in that specific application to empty the application’s trash.

  7. Quit applications
  8. Make sure you always quit applications when you are done using them. Having tons of applications open at the same time can cause your computer to lag.

    To do that, click the Apple Menu, choose “Force Quit” and you will be able to see a list of applications that you can quit.

  9. Uninstall applications
  10. Look in the Applications folder for applications that you don’t use anymore. You reclaim some space by dragging those to the trash bin.

  11. Verify and repair disk permissions
  12. Open the Terminal application (found in /Applications/Utilities/) and run the following command to verify the default root volume of a Mac:

    sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --verify --standard-pkgs /

    The command will run and either show permissions that differ, or nothing, depending on what’s found.

    Assuming permissions errors have been found and you’d like to repair them, run the following command:

    sudo /usr/libexec/repair_packages --repair --standard-pkgs --volume /

  13. Keep your desktop clean
  14. Try to keep it simple by minimizing the number of icons from the dock and clearing up the amount of files you can see. You can either delete them or put them into folders so that the operating system doesn’t have to waste additional resources to load them upon starting your computer. Do that until your desktop looks clean.

  15. Remove language files
  16. With Monolingual, you will be able to remove all the languages that you don’t need. This can save several hundred megabytes of storage. The files won’t slow down your MacBook but they are taking up space.

    Each language is saved in iMovie, Keynote, Photos, Pages, and other default Apple applications. Therefore, it can clear up a decent chunk of memory for you. It may take a while to wipe all the languages as they are saved in so many locations. If you have several languages enabled on your computer, it will automatically deselect these in the first menu, but you should make sure that it is not deleting any languages, you might ever need. You will have to reinstall the OS to get the languages back after deleting them.

    Click here to download.

  17. Make use of the Activity Monitor
  18. Open Activity Monitor (found in the Utilities folder in your Applications) to figure out which apps are using the most memory. Alternatively, you can use Spotlight Search and type “Activity Monitor”.

    Activity Monitor

    The % CPU tab gives you a breakdown of which apps are using the CPU heavily. While most applications do not use much, sometimes you can find background applications that are hogging the CPU. This will end up slowing down your other processes, so you will want to quit these apps if they appear unimportant.

    To quit something in Activity Monitor, click on the process name and click the X button on the top left side of the toolbar.

  19. Reduce login items
  20. If your MacBook is especially slow to start, you will want to check out the Login items that are automatically launching by default when you first turn on the computer.

    Open System Preferences, choose Users & Groups and select the Login Items tab.

    Reduce Login Apps

    Highlight the apps you don’t want to open at startup and click the minus sign below the list of apps. You will have to enter your password to make changes if your computer has a password.

  21. Turn off visual effects
  22. The visual effects can slow down your computer and are not necessary for you to perform normal functions.

    Open System Preferences, choose Accessibility and select Reduce Transparency.

    Reduce Transparency

    In addition, you should be using the “Scale effect” rather than the “Genie effect”, as the Scale effect runs faster.

    Change effect

    While still in System Preferences, select Dock and choose Minimize windows using Scale effect.

  23. Remove extensions from your browser
  24. Not surprisingly, Safari has been proven to operate faster and more efficiently on MacBooks than Chrome or Firefox. Oftentimes this can be caused by the excessive use of Browser Extensions, given that there are so many available on Chrome. Either way, it is a clever idea to keep as few tabs open as possible and to only install the extensions that you need. Uninstall any extensions that you no longer use, as these can cause your browser to take up a lot of memory and tax your computer’s battery.

  25. Leave FileVault OFF
  26. The purpose of FileVault Encryption is to make it difficult for an unauthorized user to access files on your computer in the case that it is lost or stolen. In addition, it prevents someone from changing your password and signing in to your computer.

    Shutting off FileVault will not tremendously speed up your MacBook as it does not take up much memory to run. Because of this, it is generally a good idea to keep FileVault on unless your MacBook is especially slow to boot up or sign in.

    Open System Preferences, choose Security and Privacy, go to the FileVault tab and turn it off.

    Turn OFF File Vault

  27. Delete large files
  28. Open the Finder app, then select the folder you wish to search through. Downloads, Applications, and Documents could be good places to start, or you can just search through “All My Files”. Click the circular settings button, then “Arrange By” and select size.

    Delete Large Files

    If you see any large files that you do not need anymore, drag them to the trash!