Fan Noises: Mac is getting busy
And finally: my fan kept going madly, indicating my MacBook was hard at work. What’s all that about I wondered?
Well since your system knows this drive has not been used before, a system process called mdworker will re-index your entire drive and all files on it. It’s doing this so that files can be found quicker in the future. This happens only once and it happens in the background, but let me assure you it will only take an hour or so and then the heavy air-con noise should leave you in peace.
Please let mdworker do its thing – you can see how hard he’s working by opening your Terminal and typing “top” (which will show you a list of running processes). You *could* go ahead and note down the process ID (the 4-5 digit number in front of mdworker), hit CTRL-C and type “kill 12345” (i.e. said number) – but please don’t. mdworker is only trying to help so let him 🙁
Rename your SSD
Last but not least: your new SSD drive most likely will have a different name than your old hard drive. That’s not a problem for the OS, but it will confuse certain apps (like Dropbox or Dreamweaver which rely on predefined paths to user files).
The problem for those apps is that what formerly was know as
is now out of a sudden
So they’ll ask all kinds of questions. Before opening every app on your system and redefining those paths you can save yourself a lot of work by just renaming your new SSD drive to what your old one was called. Trust me on this, it’ll save you so much grief and hassle.
All you need to do is open a new Finder window, find your hard drive, right-click on it and select “Rename”. My old one was called “Macintosh HD”, I guess that’s a default name.
Once you’ve done all that, and once mdworker has done its bit, I suggest you reboot your computer. Then boot it up again.
Be amazed how fast Firefox will open (pretty much instantly). Even big apps like Photoshop boot up in under 10 seconds, even though other apps like Premiere still take a while to load. However their performance is greatly enhanced.
Have fun with your new and improved system, much lighter MacBook (by 20g) and an even quieter experience than before.