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John Rofrano
Re: Imac Slow After OS Upgrade to Mavericks
on Oct 17, 2015 at 2:10:50 pm

[Shivadas M. Narayinan] "Is my RAM the major contributor to the cause of all my Imac's problems? Really looking forward for a wise guru to advise me on this. "
4GB of RAM is quite small for today's applications. Adobe Creative Cloud lists 4GB as the minimum configuration with 8GB being the recommendation. Usually when a manufacturer sets a recommendation, you want to meet that. Adobe CC is also very intrusive and adds programs that run in the background all the time, even when you'e not using it, and these programs take up memory so this may be contributing to the problems you are seeing.

I would say that adding more memory should definitely improve your situation. I assume what is happening is that because you don't have enough memory, OS X needs to access the swap file on your hard drive to move memory around and make room for new programs to run. Because hard drives are much slower to access than RAM, this causes the slow load times that you are seeing.

Adding more memory should minimize swapping to disk and improve overall system performance.

~jr

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