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Old 02-21-2017, 07:18 PM   #29
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Many problems with slow running Macs happen simply because they're full of crud. After a couple of years of use, user and app caches will be overflowing, language settings that nobody need will be taking up space, etc, etc.

We have used the Clean my Mac app to successfully resurrect many a Mac that the user had given up on. A deep clean, a fixing of all permissions, a rebuild of a bunch of databases can work wonders.

A license is about $45 but it's very much worth it. We have he app installed on all of our Macs at work. The free version will give you a good idea of what work needs doing and allow you to make the decision of whether you want to pay for the license. Don't fall for any of the imitation apps out there, you're looking for Clean my Mac 3, made by

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Old 02-21-2017, 08:19 PM   #30
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Lots of discussion points in this thread! I have a few "older computers" - a mac SE30 that served as my home server for years (in the closet), a 2005 Mac mini G4 which is still used- 12 years old! And a imacG4 that I could not part with. It still runs the older software I have circa 2004! Mac user since 1987.

Macs are excellent computers but I am finding that the more technology moves to the cloud the less I am liking it, even as a tech teacher. I still prefer in-house physical storage and loathe subscriptions and memberships. That is also why I am having trouble with streaming movies. I have over 1000 movies and have to use Movie Collector and Sony Video Juke boxes but I like it and there are all kinds of genres circa 1938- present-day of my choice.

This issue, even like the OP with formatting and access, is more a forced change. My suggestion would be to shop for another Mac and not worry about escaping; however, work on getting your photos and video on an external drive so it could easily be accessed by any computer in the future. Your investment is not just in the machine.

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Old 02-21-2017, 09:43 PM   #31
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I got a flush mount HDMI expansion port for mine. It was $60, and I found a 512GB micro SD card for that for $20. Now, any movies, music, or photos go on that. The downside is, it's kind of a pain to pull the adapter out, but since it doesn't protrude out of the computer, there is essentially zero chance it will get caught on something, and either damaged, or pulled out.
I have the same one - it's aluminum and looks like it's just a continuation of the body.

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Old 02-22-2017, 04:26 AM   #32
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I have the same one - it's aluminum and looks like it's just a continuation of the body.

For those people I managed to confuse, it's an SD expansion, not HDMI. I was thinking one thing, and typing another...

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