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Hi,

 

I have (what I thought was) a pretty fast Mac Pro, with 2 Quad Core Intel Xeon 3Ghx processors, and 6gb RAM.

 

I have a number of Hard Drives (4 in total), the main boot disc is a 500GB 7200 rpm Hitachi with about only 20gb free.

 

It's been so slow of late, especially running Sketchup Pro, but even Safari takes 5-7 bounces before opening, and Address Book 3-4.

 

I recently did a fresh OS X Snow Leopard install on one of the HD's and migrated all my settings and apps, and it's made little or no difference.

 

My worry is that using a new Macbook Pro in the Apple Store recently, all the apps opened with in 1 or 2 bounces on the dock, and then straight into the program.

With that in mind, surely my fairly well spec-ed Mac pro shouldn't be so much slower?

 

I'd really appreciate any feedback as to a) Whether people think the Mac pro spec is a decent one/ fast enough for normal use (surely it is?)

B) Whether adding more RAM or a bigger HD to have more space would improve the usability at all?

I don't want to spend money on RAM if it's not going to help much

 

Or do people think that maybe there's a hardware issue somewhere.

 

To me, having used Macs for years, this machine now seems way more sluggish than it ought to be, esp with a fresh OS install (which was done by erasing the disk and starting from scratch, no upgrade)

 

Any thoughts or help much appreciated,

 

Thanks,

 

Jonathan

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... the main boot disc is a 500GB 7200 rpm Hitachi with about only 20gb free.

 

Remember the old 10% rule? OS X uses the boot HD for more than just storing data and apps. It has always been recommended that you keep at least 10% of your HD free for such things as swap files, etc. ( see numerous Apple support articles and I believe that Adam has mentioned this a few times on Maccast ) I don't know for sure but it could be that with Snow leopard this is more true than ever. Free up another 30 GB and see if that helps.

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Remember the old 10% rule? OS X uses the boot HD for more than just storing data and apps. It has always been recommended that you keep at least 10% of your HD free for such things as swap files, etc. ( see numerous Apple support articles and I believe that Adam has mentioned this a few times on Maccast ) I don't know for sure but it could be that with Snow leopard this is more true than ever. Free up another 30 GB and see if that helps.

 

Thanks,

 

I've moved a load of files and now have 120GB free, but it's made hardly any difference.

 

Firefox for example bounces about 15 times and then takes a further 10 seconds to open the window.

 

Safari bounces about 8 times and takes a further 5 seconds to display.

 

It just feels so much slower than it ought to be. 6 GB of RAM should be plenty shouldn't it?

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Migrating your user account is no different to an upgrade really. You'll still have a whole ton of crap in your user's library folder. I'd do a complete clone and then do a clean install, reinstall your apps, drag over your documents etc, and drag over a few selected library folders (such as mail, calendars, address book etc) - but remember to check that your clone is bootable before starting this!

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