Almost a month ago now I installed Lion. The operating system that was meant to be absolutely amazing and well it kind of was, until I started getting back to my daily routine.
It didn’t take long for me to realise that it was tremendously slow. I originally put it down to my iMac getting a little long in the tooth. However yesterday was the last straw. It almost seemed to be getting slower, granted i’ve been working on some rather large video files for RAW and I’ve had some hefty image files to process but it was slow at everything and when I say everything I mean everything. So much so that I was on the Apple website checking out what version I was going to pick up from the Apple store today.
I thought before I go through the entire backup and move to a new system process which can take days, I would see if there was anyone else having this problem. I even thought about removing Lion and going back to Snow Leopard. Anyway turns out there were quite a few people having this problem.
So below are the steps I took which have seemed to fix the problem. Thought it might be helpful to any of you RAW readers out there who have updated to Lion.
- Reboot your mac and hold down the “alt/option” key on the keyboard. Keep holding it down until the startup manager has loaded and select “Recovery HD”
- Once you’ve booted into Recovery mode select the “Disk Utility” option and click “Continue”.
- Select your mac HD and run “Verify Disk” and once that’s complete “Repair Disk”
- After that run “Verify Disk Permissions” and “Repair Disk Permissions”
- Then simply reboot and let “Spotlight” index everything again.