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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

My MacBook's really slow...

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Hi guys, first post, hope you can help me out.

I have a white MacBook. Bought it Dec 2009, so it's the new model.

For the past few months, it's really slowed down, I'm seeing the spinning beach ball allot more, and I'm talking about simple tasks, like word processing... copying text, and the ball appears, it's like being back in the late 90's on Windows!

I'm not running a huge amount of programmes, and I've about 20gb hard drive space left. My thrash bin is empty.

What can I do? I'd rather not have to boot disc the whole laptop, as I'd have to re install all my software...

What are my options?

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Well, 20GB HD space is pretty much running on the bare minimum, so I'm not surprised that you are seeing the spinning beach ball constantly.
I recommend freeing up as much HD space as you can, and then running OnyX to do a bit of a system clean up.

Be sure to get the download the version for the OS you are using.

Once you have it, and it has verified your HD, use the automation tab.
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Agreed, having very minimum hard drive space can greatly slow down your machine. It's best to store all big files on an external HD and free up as much space as you can in your puter.
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