I am running eM Client on 3 computers - an old 2010 MacBook Pro, which is stuck on eM Client 8.x, an iMac 27 2017 (9.2) and a Windows 11 laptop (also on 9.2). I also use a local IMAP server for manual filing of important mails, and take advantage of the automatic archiving feature on the iMac in order to keep storage down on my various Gmail accounts.
Now, here is where my question(s) come in. The iMac, which has a decent Core i7 and 24GB of RAM, is the SLOWEST of all for launching eM Client. It literally takes about 5 minutes to start eM Client, or to close eM Client. The other two computers are much much faster - like an order of magnitude faster, coming up in a few seconds. The two laptops both run from SSD storage. Now, granted, they don’t have the local archives that the iMac has, but the other thing is - the iMac is the last computer I have with a spinning hard drive - it has what Apple calls a “Fusion” drive, which is a 1TB 7200rpm drive with 32GB of SSD storage that caches the most frequently used data. Never had any performance complaints with Apple Mail or much of anything else on this computer, aside from eM Client.
Oh - and SEARCH in eM Client on the main computer (iMac) is agonizingly slow…
I am wondering if my performance issues are due to use of a traditional hard drive versus an SSD, or if its is due to the large volumes of locally archived email.
I do have an external USB-C connected SSD that always stays attached, and have toyed with moving my eM Client Database directory and Backup directory to a folder on that device.
Does anyone thing moving storage to an SSD is the answer to my performance issues?
To move the database directory, the FAQ and manual indicate that if you change that folder, you must manually move the data in order to avoid eM Client creating a new empty database. Do I change the setting (creating an empty database) and then move the data to that location, or move the data, then startup eM Client (won’t find its data?) and change the setting?
Any guidance or advice is appreciated.