Troubleshooting a Slow or Crashy Mac

Posted: March 5, 2010 in Apple - MAC, Computer, Gadgets
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Found this article on Maintain.se’s blog – they are the makers of one of the best Mac Utility programs. I’ve been a long time fan of Cocktail and recommend it.

Today we decided to make a guide to help you solve the two most common complaints people have: “my computer is slow” or “my computer/this application keeps on crashing”. There’s a good chance this could save you a trip to the Genius Bar so give it a try before you call Apple!

Verify your hard disk

First up, the most important thing to check is your hard disk. A failing or corrupt hard drive can cause a lot of very unexpected crashes and problems so if this is the culprit you need to deal with it as soon as you can to avoid loosing your data. Fortunately it is very easy to check the disk, just open up Disk Utility (it’s in the Utilities folder in Applications) and select the disk in the left hand pane. Next, press Verify Disk under the First Aid tab and within a few minutes Disk Utility will tell you whether the disk is ok or not. If everything is fine you can skip the rest of this section and move on the next step, Identify the problem. [read]

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