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Slow Finder in OS X Maverick Fix

You may encounter issues if you are updating  your operating system to OS X 10.9 (Maverick).  One particular issue affects how the OS indexes files.  (keep reading for a simple fix).

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First off, make sure your video editing software is supported before updating to Maverick 10.9.X

  • Avid Media Composer:  Requires MC 7.03 to run on Maverick Correctly.
  • Final Cut Pro X:  You cannot upgrade to FCP X 10.1 if you are not running Maverick
  • Adobe Premiere: If you are running on the Creative Cloud, it will automatically provide you with free updates to run correctly on Maverick.

After updating to Mac OS X 10.9 (Maverick), you may discover that the finder runs slugish when you first start the computer.

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At GeniusDV, we have encountered this issue across eight different models of various iMacs and Mac Book Pro's.

Fortunately, there is a simple fix.

  • Launch the terminal utility from the Mac HD / Applications / Utlities folder.
  • Paste the following text into the command line of the terminal and press the return key: 
     rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist&&killall Finder

kill finder.pngThe finder will now index much faster, and you will not have to wait for the folders to populate.

Please note: If you perform this function, the preferences for the finder will reset back to the default values.  This will result in theMac HD icon disappearing from the desktop. 

To change this:

  • Navigate to the Finder menu and choose preferences.
  • A dilouage box will appear. 
  • Within the general preferences tab, turn on the option to show Hard Disks.

Turn Hard Disk on.pngOkay, now the finder will operate correctly when navigating between folders directories.

Note:  If you have multiple user accounts, you will have to repeat this process for each individual user.

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