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How to speed up Mac with external SSD

Speeding up a Mac with an external SSD is a great choice if your laptop is running short on space and slowing down.

Solid State Drives can provide your Mac with the extra breathing room it needs to perform.

Prepare your device before you speed up Mac with external SSD

Although SSDs are relatively inexpensive and quick to install if your Mac is sluggish, it's always wise to try to clean it up before you transfer files or copy any data; here are a few tips on how to prepare your Mac.

  • Clean up your Desktop

  • Clean out your Downloads folder

  • Remove old applications

  • Empty your Trash

One of the best ways to speed up your Mac is to clean up its system junk files. An Apple notarized Mac utility app like CleanMyMac X can handle this simple task for you in a matter of clicks, removing hard-to-find system logs, temporary files, language files, broken files, and system cache. Here's how to use this smart tool:

CleanMyMac X - System Junk

  1. Test the app for 7 days or open it on your device.

  2. Click System Junk > Scan > Clean.

Speed up Mac with external SSD

Now that your Mac is prepared, here's how to install an SSD to speed up your Mac.

1. Connect and format your SSD

Make sure you purchase a compatible SSD. You might need to reformat your SSD in Disk Utility before use. To do it, follow the official steps from Apple here.

2. Transfer files

How to transfer files on Mac

When your SSD is configured correctly, it's really simple to transfer files over. 

  1. Open Finder and browse through your files and folders.

  2. Drag items into your new SSD device listed under Locations in the sidebar.

  3. Organize your SSD storage.

  4. Click the Eject icon next to its name when finished.

So that's how to speed up a Mac with an external SSD.

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