How to prevent your system from running into trouble

Your computer’s need for maintenance is similar to that of your car’s. First, proper maintenance is crucial in order to keep your system from failing on you. And second, when well cared for, it will run consistently and perform at a fast speed for all of your daily activities. When you make regular maintenance a priority, from software updates to correctly cleaning up your Mac, your macOS will thank you later. To both maintain and speed up your Mac, simply follow the tips in this article.

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1. Make sure software updates are scheduled regularly
2. Install MacCleaner Pro to optimize your storage space
3. Regularly make backups of your files
4. Repair your disk frequently

Make sure software updates are scheduled regularly

Managing software updates is one of the primary steps to take when it comes to maintaining your Mac and preventing potential problems. Updating the operating system will it drastically improve your performance, keep your security up to date, and include updates for major apps such as iTunes and the Safari browser. Not only that, but a newer macOS is simply the key to effective maintenance of your Apple machine. Here are some quick instructions to effectively manage Mac updates:

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Click on Software Updates.
  3. Simply click on Update Now whenever you see that an update is available. Also, check the box right next to Automatically keep my Mac up to date.

As you can see, there is nothing difficult about keeping your Mac up to date with the newest Mac software updates. Once you check the box to automate the updates, you won’t need to manually schedule them at all- just enjoy your computer at its peak performance.

Install MacCleaner Pro to optimize your storage space

You might wonder how Mac disk cleanup works or how you can effectively clean up a Mac’s hard drive. There are many software solutions and so-called maintenance apps on the internet to help with that. As true Mac enthusiasts, we would recommend the utility bundle, MacCleaner Pro. It consists of six apps that will help you find duplicate files, clear logs and caсhe, get rid of any junk files that you may have on your Mac, sort out your hidden files, analyze disk usage in comprehensive detail, clear out your RAM, and more. This is the ultimate package for full-scale maintenance of your Mac.

Regularly make backups of your Files

Potential disasters that can impact your Mac are irreversible in many cases, especially if you haven’t thoroughly backed up your files. One of the most important steps to take when it comes to securing your files is using the system utility tool called Time Machine. This built-in backup feature is designed to prevent the loss of your files in case your Mac is damaged. Simply follow the steps below in order to create a backup point:

  1. Go to System Preferences and click on Time Machine
  2. Press Select Backup Disk… and choose one of the disks, then click Use Disk.

Do keep in mind that creating backup points with Time Machine is time-consuming, so make sure that your Mac is properly charged before starting. The second point we would suggest considering is the frequency of your backups. By default, backups are created on an hourly basis. You can adjust that to fit a timeframe you think would be more suitable. For a more comprehensive guide on how to use Time Machine, as well as some useful tips when doing so, check out our article on How to use Time Machine on a Mac.

Repair your disk frequently

Repairing your disk is as important as all of the options listed above. While there are many methods you can use to effectively clean up your Mac, including various Mac utilities, they won’t help if your disk already has corrupted files or damaged volumes. A solid solution in this situation is to run a system app called Disk Utility, which will cover the repair of all of those volumes and files altogether.

  1. Start by going to Applications → Utilities → Disk Utility.
  2. Click on View – Show All Devices.
  3. Choose the device you want to repair.
  4. Now select First Aid and hit Run.

As soon as you hit the Run button, the First Aid feature will start scanning all of your files. Simply allow time for it to finalize, and then go over any of the corrupted files and volumes.

 

Conclusion

While every effort to maintain your Mac is worth your time, there is no perfect method. You should keep in mind that even if you follow through with all the steps we listed above, you can still face trouble with your system at some point. This is why we always advise that you backup your files both through the Time Machine app and any external hard drives that you have. Even if it’s just a USB with a few gigabytes of space, it can be a huge help should your Mac be irreversibly damaged.


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