Is your Mac running slow or continually giving beachball errors? Before you take your Mac in for service, there are some simple steps to perform to do some basic troubleshooting before opting to go the repair route.

Steps to Perform Before Getting Your Mac Serviced

Run a disk check to make sure your drive is healthy. By opening the Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility application, you’ll be able to check your disks and verify disk permissions. Because the Mac OS is a UNIX-based operating system, disk permissions are crucial and can slow down your system if they lose their integrity over time.

Make sure you’re running the latest operating system that your Mac supports. All those system updates can seem annoying but don’t neglect them. Every new iteration of the Macintosh OS contains hundreds of under the hood optimizations that help speed the system up. This is also true for your apps – regularly check the App Store updates tab to make sure you’ve installed the most recent versions for your apps.

Make sure your computer slowdowns aren’t due to having outdated hardware. If you feel you’re Mac is getting old you can try installing an SSD drive to make your Mac run faster. Whenever a program on your computer needs to access a traditional hard drive, it has to wait for the hard drive to spin and find the file. But an SSD hard drive doesn’t have any spinning platters – it uses flash-based memory and is therefore able to retrieve your files much faster. If you frequently use multimedia programs like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro that interact with large files on the hard drive, an SSD drive will help speed up your computer noticeably.

If these steps haven’t resolved your Mac computer’s problems then contact us for a Mac service checkup.