Apps on iMac Slow to Start Up
I'm looking for some suggestions here. I have an 2015 iMac 27" Retina 5k. It has 16GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion drive. SO I have plenty of horsepower.
The problem is at times I see some apps taking over a minute to start up. I can watch the icon bouncing in the dock for a long time before they start up. Apps such as Chrome, Word, Pages, etc.
I have tried looking at Activity Monitor while this is happening but I don't see anything causing this delay. There is plenty of free memory, plenty of storage, yet it can take quite a while for some things to start up.
I've run the various things like Disk Utility, EtreCheck, Clean My Mac, and the likes.
I'm wondering if by chance the Fusion drive could be an issue. I've contemplated getting at external SSD to see if that makes a difference, but wanted to put the question out here first to see if there are other ideas that people have that I could try.
Any ideas from anyone? Thanks in advance.
That's a good idea. Definitely I have a nightly clone, in fact several backups. I have booted up from the clone, but just to make sure it works. I can try that over several days and see if it gives any clue.
Just an update. I haven't forgotten about this. I just haven't had the time to test things out using my clone. I hope to try it over the weekend.
So I finally had a chance to run off my clone today. I was using Microsoft Word and Google Chrome as test cases. Each of these took 60-90 seconds to start up on the initial open. They were a little faster on subsequent opens probably because the app was loaded into memory. This is the same sort of timings I was seeing using the internal fusion drive. So perhaps I'm seeing normal behavior and I have been spoiled over the past few years with the ssd in my Macbook and Macbook Air.
So I guess my question is, has anyone else noticed startup times for apps in the 60-90 second range using a rotation drive? Perhaps I'm looking for a problem when there isn't one.
I launched Chrome first time in 25 seconds on my Late 2011 15" Macbook Pro with the original 750GB rotating hard disk.
Relaunch right after quitting Chrome happened in under 2 seconds.
I do not have MS-Word, so I cannot test that.