We all want to keep our computing investment as current and usable as possible. In the past, with rapid changes in processor speed and performance, replacing a laptop every two years could be a viable route for those needing top tier performance. However, with today’s efficient OS design and a flattening of the performance curve in processor advancement, keeping your laptop longer can be the best choice in extending your technology investment.
The key to keeping that new and sprightly feeling in your laptop is several choice investments and maintenance tips that will result in faster and more reliable performance and keep your laptop feeling fast far longer. Maintenance of our machines is key, as hard drives can get bogged down by fragmented files, directories in need of optimization, and software in need of updates and patches.
Initially, running software update is the first step. All you have to do is check with Apple’s automatic file server and query whether your machine is current or not in terms of patches and updates.
Secondly, you should check your third party software to see if any of those are in need of updating and patching. Older software can cause weird conflicts and even have potential security issues, so keeping that software current is as important as keeping your OS up to date.
Next, you can have your system optimized. The MacSpa offers a unique Spa Treatment that will give your machine a check up and thorough optimization that will reinvigorate your machine’s performance and alleviate any worries about hardware failures.
An increase of your physical memory is a cheap and easy way to increase your laptop’s speed and responsiveness. This is especially true if you work with a lot of media or large files which will chew through your physical memory in short order. Today’s modern Mac OS can make full use of more that 8 GBs of addressable memory, and having a maxed bay of memory will allow your CPU to run at it’s full potential. In addition, the price of RAM is surprisingly affordable, so this is a cheap way to breathe life into your machine.
Hard drives are generally the biggest point of failure on any laptop. Heat and heavy use degrade the drives in as little as two years, and even the most careful user can experience a hard drive failure that can lead to catastrophic data loss.
Luckily, replacement drives, with large capacities, are inexpensive and can be swapped out in about a day. You can easily double your data capacity with a new replacement drive and have it cost less then the drive your machine originally shipped with.
But, for those wanting a real performance boost can opt for a full solid state hard drive.
According to Wikipedia:
“A solid-state drive (SSD) (also known as a solid-state disk or electronic disk, though it contains no actual “disk” of any kind or motors to “drive” the disks) is a data storage device using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives, thus permitting simple replacement in common applications. Also, new I/O interfaces like SATA Express are created to keep up with speed advancements in SSD technology.
SSDs have no moving mechanical components. This distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads. Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and less latency. However, while the price of SSDs has continued to decline in 2012, SSDs are still about 7 to 8 times more expensive per unit of storage than HDDs.”
An SSD allows for quick boot up, near instant wake from sleep, less battery usage, faster data access, and more reliable operation as it has no moving parts that can fail from wear and tear.
Even better, the price and avialbility of SSDs has improved to the point that it can be a real economical upgrade to your laptop. With a small investment, your machine will respond far quicker, have better battery life, and prove more resilient to shocks and hardware failure.
The MacSpa offers a variety of SSDs that are Mac compatible and can be installed in your compatible machine in about a day for an exceptionally competitive price. Book a consultation appointment today and learn the many ways you can breathe new life into your technology investment!
— by Charles