How to operate your Mac includes the following teaching; how to format your hard drive in Mac, how to maximize your Mac, how to upgrade a MacBook’s laptop hard drive, and how to find a file in your Mac. So, sit back and learn the tips and tricks for handling your Mac.
How to format your hard drive in Mac OS X
If you want to upgrade your drive or you just need to erase your drive, this guide will walk you through the process; don’t worry, it is easy and straight to the point.
Things you will need to get it done
- A USB flash drive
- Mac OS X installer CD
- Basic computer navigation skills
With just simple five steps, you will be able to format your hard drive without the help of a professional.
Step one: Back up any data you wish to keep using your computer recordable disk drive or your USB flash drive. Formatting the drive will automatically erase all data permanently from your system so be sure to save any important data on your computer.
Step two: insert your Mac OS X installer CD and reboot the computer, you may need to enter the username and password upon start and select your preferred language.
Step three: click on menu, then utilities and then select disk utilities.
Step four: Select the disk you want to erase, click on the erase tab, select a format from the popup menu and then enter a name for the new drive. You may also click on options and select additional securities preferences.
Step five: finish formatting the drive by clicking “OK” and then hidden the erase button. A full format of the primary drive may take several hours to complete… and that’s how you format your hard drive. I told you it’s going to be easy. Continue reading to learn how to do stuff with your Mac; the next on the list is how to optimize your Mac performance
How to Optimize Mac Performance
If your Mac is moving like a snail, try speeding up the performance with the steps below.
But first, you will need internet access and of course a Mac computer.
Step one: remove unwanted startup items, click the apple, go to system preferences and click on account. Go to the login item tab and deselect any applications that you do not want to launch any time you log in.
Step two: Shrink the size of the dock in system preferences under “dock”, also deselect animate opening application.
Step three: turn off sharing under internet and network in system preferences if you are not networking between multiple computers.
Step four: remove unused applications under “other” control-click and select remove. Also, you can boost your computer performance by setting system performance to highest, under energy server in system preferences to make sure the preferences of performance is on the highest.
Step five: turn off unused widgets in the dashboard, click “F12” and uncheck any widget you don’t use regularly.
Step six: delete unused files and applications to clear space for your computer. You can download a maintenance application to clear out the computer’s cache.
Step seven: check what programs are running by opening the activity monitor in the utility folder, and turn off any programs you are not using. The seven steps above will boost your computer’s performance in no time.
How to find a file on a Mac
Locating a file, is pretty easy for Mac users, this steps will show you what few steps to take, but first, you need you’re an Apple computer, Mac OS X operating system.
Step one: click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
Step two: open the spotlight window, enter the file name.
Step three: read the drop-down menu that appears; categories such as documents, folders, and messages on the left list their content on the right. You don’t have to type the exact cases, the spotlight is not case sensitive and it searches anything on your computer that may contain a clue.
Step four: pass your cursor on the top pick or any file on the list, when the yellow dialogue box appears it displays the patch file that you need.
Step five: click on the file you are searching for, which opens up on the desktop or you can scan the folders which reveal their path, click and find the folders containing the file and select; the file will open on the desktop. To get easy access to your file, you can mark your files with a project name or tag. Having fun learning these stuff, isn’t it? Let’s move on to the next topic, shall we?
How to upgrade a MacBook’s laptop hard drive
If you need a bigger hard drive for your MacBook for these steps below to install a new one;
But first, you will need a MacBook, new hard drive, external hard drive enclosure, USB cable, hard drive cloning program, small Philips-head screwdriver, T8 Torx screwdriver, and a coin.
Step one: place the new hard drive in the external hard drive enclosure, then connect the enclosure to your laptop with the USB cable. Open up your cloning program and follow the onscreen instructions to make a copy of your computer hard drive. The cloning process contains several apps, but be patient because altering files during cloning may result in lost data.
Step two: once the cloning is complete eject the external hard drive from the enclosure and unplug it from your computer, power the laptop down, unplug it and touch something metal to discharge any static electricity, close the laptop and place it upside down on a static-free flat surface.
Step three: use a coin to turn the battery lock ninety-degree, when the battery is released; take the battery out of the computer.
Step four: unscrew the screws attaching the L-shape memory cover to the side of the battery compartment and remove it.
Step five: locate the hard drive and gently pull it out by the white cap, then use the T8 Torx screwdriver to remove the screws holding the EMI shield together.
Step six: attached the EMI shield to the new hard drive and screw them just the way you unscrew the compartments and then slide back to the laptop, replace the memory cover, fix the battery back to the laptop and tighten the battery lock. These few tips will help you maximize your Mac, so enjoy!