2007 iMac, 2 gigs ram, internal 320G hard drive.
Even after a reboot and clearing some log files locations, the computer is very slow. Programs start up slowly, opening new terminal windows is very slow (over a minute to get a prompt), starting up a new MacVim window (MacVim already running) takes over a minute. Don't even get me started on iTunes and iPhoto.
It wasn't always like this, and I'm wondering if I have hard-drive fragmentation or some other issue with the drive. I have done the "repair permissions" and "repair disk" and it seemed to help for a few days, but then was very slow soon after.
The drive is consistently filled, with somewhere between 5 and < 1 gigs free. I have both Time Machine and Backblaze set up, but when both are idle, they consume near-zero CPU and very little memory and the machine is still pretty slow.
So, I can think of three options and wondering if there are others and what might the effectiveness of these options.
- Do some sort of "defrag" or re-imaging of the current drive
- Swap it out for a bigger one (perhaps the starved disk space is making other things fight for space)
- Swap it out for a similar or smaller sized SSD
Any other ideas?