osx loading time

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  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    what would affect osx's loading time? ive noticed that the loading time of my iMac at work is much faster than my iMac at home. the difference between these two machine would be my home iMac is full of music and videos and such, whereas the work machine is filled with just programming stuff. how can i make my home iMac load faster after a restart?

    thanks

    Update:

    my work and home iMacs are more or less the same in hardware, except the one at work is a 17 inch and home is 20 inch.
    they both have Intel Core 2 Duo.

    clutter? well i always try to keep everything organize. i dont have a bunch of shit on my home Desktop. in fact, my work iMac is so fuckin cluttered, just because i dont care cause it's the company's machine and not mine. at home, i keep documents in Documents, i have a separate Downloads folder for downloads, all my music is in Music, and pictures are in Pictures.

    speaking of which, i have another problem that i encounter with my home iMac. sometimes when i hit SLEEP, it'll go to sleep for about 1 second before it turns on again. i literally take my hands off the keyboard and mouse so i dont touch anything, so i have no idea what could be turning the iMac on again. it's very annoying.

    and no, i have no external hard drive in use. altho the home iMac does have a second monitor plugged into it.

    at the end of the day, i always put both computers to sleep.

    ok thanks guys!
     
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  2. doublemeat

    doublemeat New Member

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    What kind of processor(s) do you have at work compared to what you have at home?
     
  3. LifeBurnsFaster

    LifeBurnsFaster New Member

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    :werd: try to keep files/folders/programs/etc. off your desktop
     
  4. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    repair permissions, empty trash... everything helps a little
     
  5. Mach D

    Mach D New Member

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    is your computer at work on all the time? i was also under the impression osx runs better and faster when its on all the time.
     
  6. skolen

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    External drives slow my boot time. It has to read & initilize them before booting.
     
  7. manchild

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    :werd:

    I usually just unplug my external drive from my mbp before turning it back on.
     
  8. mobbarley

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    really? they slow you down that much?

    I thought it would only take a couple seconds to check if it is a start up disk or not :dunno:
     
  9. agent0068

    agent0068 OT Supporter

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    repairing permissions and such advice is a bunch of crap and has nothing to do with the speed of anything. likewise, an organized desktop/folder structure has absolutely no effect on your bootup time.

    boot time can however be effected by a handful of other things:
    * network connection and any services you have running (since this is when they are initialized)
    * quality and quantity of hardware (e.g. RAM diagnostics take place at startup)
    * recent software updates (e.g. security patches and major OS updates often have one slow boot following their installation)
    * improper shutdowns (since filesystem sanity checks and the like will take place during startup)
     
  10. skolen

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    When I shut my USB ext. drive off it shaves about 3 seconds off the boot time.

    Also, make sure your computer is SET to boot off the startup drive. I've run diagnostics and whatnot off CD/drives and when I restart it checks for other sources to boot from before choosing the "Macintosh HD" option. In the PrefPane just reselect your startup drive and that might help a tad.
     
  11. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    update on my iMac specs at the very first post guys

    THANKS!!
     
  12. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    anyone? updated specs up at the top
     
  13. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    neone...?
     
  14. Mitchj

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    Amount of ram in both?
     

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