Five ways to upgrade your Mac

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Five ways to upgrade your Mac; Is your Mac running slow? Are you finding it a challenge just to get through your work flow? When I.T problems arise, it can be incredibly frustrating. And working on a slow machine can literally drive you to distraction.

So, if your Mac needs an upgrade, here are five ways you can improve the functionality.


  • Upgrade your Mac hard drive


If your Mac is pre 2017, chances are the hard drive can be upgraded. Whether that’s an upgrade to an SSD (solid state drive) or a normal hard drive, or to a newer SSD, depends on your Mac model. If you have a pre 2017 Mac, the good news is that it is very easy to upgrade. It won’t cost you a fortune either. You can literally have the latest Mac tech popped straight in by an engineer. The job takes less than an hour from start to finish.

Furthermore, if you have a newer model however, you may need to get it assessed for Mac upgrade possibilities. That’s because Apple has started to use fully integrated SSD’s that are not replaceable. This is unfortunate as it means newer machines are less easy to recycle and upgrade. Apple is however, sadly more about profitability than sustainability.

Below is a list of mac models that can be hardware upgraded.

  • iMacs – up to today
  • Mac mini – 2014 to today
  • Mac Pro – 2013 to today
  • Macbook Pro 2015 to today
  • Macbook Air 2014 to today
  • Macbook up to 2010


  • Upgrade your Mac software

Unfortunately, any Mac will become slower over time due to developer upgrades in iOS. Just like in iPhones, your Mac will struggle with the regular iOS updates unless they are reasonably new machines. We can update your software installs and speed up your machine for you reasonably easily. But if you fancy trying it yourself, here’s some advice on how to do that.

Check the Activity Monitor to find out where your Mac’s resources are being squandered needlessly. By looking at the reports, you can see if it’s the CPU, the bandwidth, the memory or the network.

The Activity Monitor will also let you know which power zapping apps are running in the background and clogging up your machine. Closing down the ones you are not using will help to speed up your Mac.

  • Manage your Mac storage


Your Mac might just be completely over burdened with files and work. If you rarely delete files and simply save them to your hard drive, it’s possible that freeing up your Mac’s memory will go a long way towards making it a faster machine.

There are several ways you can clean up your Mac hard drive. The first is by using cloud storage. This means all files that you create, save or use on your Mac will be automatically stored online in virtual storage. It sounds insane to the non-tech – but it’s actually the safer option to keeping work on your desktop only. Think about it. Your Mac is vulnerable – not only to wearing out, but to every day elements that could be the difference between keeping your data and losing it all.

Fire, liquid spills, theft and dropping your machine are all feasible  possibilities. That’s why on disk storage is not the best of ideas. Keeping back-ups of all important documents and work on a cloud storage account means wherever you are globally, you have access to that information. Using cloud storage for your Mac also means you can do daily back-ups automatically so that your stored work is always up to date.


  • External storage for your Mac


This is another option – especially for those who can’t get their heads around the concept of iCloud storage. If you don’t like the idea of all your work being uploaded to anonymous servers, get yourself some decent external hard drives to back up all your work. You can set a notification on your Mac to remind you to make a back-up of your work on a regular basis. External hard drive storage can free up your machine from the heavy files you routinely store on your Mac.

Video files and hi res images are notoriously bulky to store. Be organized and use an external drive back up to keep all your video files accessible. However, don’t store them on your Mac’s own internal hard drive. Furthermore, it goes without saying that if you are doing the external hard drive route and you are not storing files directly to your Mac, you will need back up of your back ups.

  • See a Mac expert

If you aren’t a technical person, you well feel  more comfortable speaking to a certified Mac engineer. They can advise you about restoring function to your Mac. Speeding up your Mac might not just be a memory or management issue. There might be further problems that need professional diagnostics to decipher. Macs are high tech and very different to Windows PC’s Therefore it’s important to engage someone with the right knowledge to deal with the problem.

At Darcy Consulting, we carry out a range of diagnostic checks on your Mac for every service we do. This involves examining the hardware as well as the apps and system management for any glitches and problems that may occur.

Data recovery is another service that can help you, should your Mac have encountered a mishap and vital data can’t be accessed.

We can also do all sorts of repairs, from coffee on your keyboard fixes, to new tracking pads, replacement SSDs and hard drives, Mac upgrades, screen repairs and more.

Take advantage of our FREE collection and delivery service of your repair Mac in the Ipswich area. We’ll collect your Mac, repair it and drop it back to you – and your bill will only reflect our labour and parts cost.

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