You buy a new Mac system. You feel elated and start using it. But after some time (usually years), you realize that your system is taking a lot of time to boot. It happens so gradually that you are unable to notice this before.
You start reviewing the timeline again and again. Questions like, “Was it working slower when you bought it?” or “Is it slowing down because of its age?” or “Did you put extra pressure by working for long hours?” keep popping into your mind constantly.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. In this article, you’ll find the real culprit behind the sluggish nature of your Mac.
The Real Reason Behind The Slow Performance of Mac
Many reasons might be interfering with your computer’s speed, like too many applications running at a time, internet connection, customized settings, and so on. But the most prevalent cause is the quickly decreasing storage space of your system.
Yes, you heard it right. Whether your system contains many duplicate files, temporary files, system cache, or browser cache, they impact the performance of your Mac. You will be surprised to know that besides the apparent storage spaces, your Mac also contains an “Other Storage” area where it keeps on piling data without you even noticing.
This is why keeping track of storage space is of utmost importance. You can find more information relevant to it here. But how does it interfere with your computer’s performance? Let’s see the reasons below.
It Impacts The Processing Time
Let’s clarify one thing. The internal storage doesn’t directly affect the processor’s functioning. However, since the system’s storage space is one of the slowest parts of the computer, a data bottleneck can leave the processor waiting for more information. While a larger disk space can support the large page file, not freeing up space consistently can make it difficult to quickly process a lot of files.
It Impacts The Internet Speed
Again, this is not happening directly. You know that computers use something like “temporary internet files” or cache to store the image, text, or content on the computer’s hard drive for better browser experiences. While the internet speed is fast enough to download such files, again and again, the overloading of these files might start impacting the storage space. Thus, it will eventually make your Mac lag unable to work efficiently when connected to the internet.
Your system stores a lot of information daily. So, if you keep piling duplicate files, caches, logs, and application leftovers, it will start impacting your Mac’s storage space, thereby interfering with its performance.
This is why experts ask the users to carefully remove the files, especially the service files available in the “Other Storage” space, to let your Mac run smoothly. Also, always scan your system to locate possible viruses or malware that might be causing the lag.
The more you are proactive with maintaining the health of your device, the more quickly you can keep it in working condition without causing too many hiccups.