Mac Troubleshooting Tips for Beginner Data Scientists
Many data scientists prefer Mac computers owing to high performance, reliability, speed, and fewer system issues. Since Data science involves the processing of complex data, Mac reliability and speed are so vital. However, there is nothing that is perfect. Mac computers can also experience faults that may dent your hopes of completing data science-related tasks effectively and timely. Fortunately, several proven tips can help you quickly fix problems that pop up on your Mac. If you are a beginner data scientist and want to get acquainted with some of the troubleshooting tips for Mac, then you are in the right place!
Free Up your Disk Space
One of the major causes of slow speed in Mac performance is insufficient hard disk space. Whenever your hard disk is more than 90% full, the computer will slow down or lag. If this is the cause, the remedy is to clear up more space by deleting the files you don’t need. For macOS Sierra, hit on the Apple icon then select “About This Mac”. Click the “Storage” option to access the disk management application. Now get rid of space-hungry applications. To avoid deleting huge files blindly, go to the “Finder” then choose “Applications”. Select the specific applications and delete them. If you want to manage space on your Mac effectively, then install a good Mac disk cleanup tool.
Upgrade Mac to Latest Version
Sometimes your Mac computer is ailing because of errors associated with the old operating system. Operating system updates come with better capabilities and solutions to some of the problems encountered in the older versions. You can try to upgrade the device to the latest version, which is the Mac OS Big Sur, to see what’s new and whether the previous system issues are solved. Keep in mind that you might run into problems as you upgrade your Mac to the latest version. That said, most issues are relatively easy to solve with many resources online.
Get Rid of Cache
A cache is beneficial for your Mac because they are shortcuts for the running programs to access specific pages/data. However, the cache builds up and eats a large chunk of memory space on your hard disk. Instead, they become a liability to your Mac computer. It is advisable that you periodically get rid of these caches to avoid accumulating junk. Safari Cache is common in Mac systems, and you need to activate the developer mode to get rid of these caches. Navigate to your browser settings, then choose “Applications” and enable the “Show Develop Menu” option. Open this developer menu and choose “Clear Cache”. You can also use the “Finder” to delete caches.
Tip: Again, you can use a dedicated Mac cleaner tool to help save you from deleting crucial files.
Manage startup Apps
Having many applications open at startup will consume a considerable amount of RAM space. This slows down the Mac speed. Go to the “Apple Menu”, select “System Preferences”, and then “Users and Groups”. Finally, go to the “Entities” tab and choose which programs should open during startup.
All said and done, some issues might persist and force you to install the macOS. If things don’t go your way, you can contact a Mac specialist to help fix the issues. This way, you can avoid losing your coveted project data. Nevertheless, most of the tips should fix most of your Mac issues.
Author Bio: The post is by Regina Torres, a graphic designer, and a writer working for Outreach Monks, also, she is a front end developer. When not designing, writing, and coding, she often teaches herself the lessons of self-sustainability. Apart from this, she loves food and cooking it.