My iMac is taking an age to start up and become useable. From power on to the login screen is as quick as the day I brought it, but after typing in my password, my hard drive goes into overdrive for about 5 mins during which time the computer is pretty much unuseable. Once it's finished loading, it's very quick and no different from the day I got it. I'm just wondering- is this normal with macs? With windows, the problem gets exponentially worse each month, but I didn't think macs were as prone to it. If this is normal, then not to worry- but 5 mins seems a long time to see on hardware this good. I regularly run maintenence with Onyx, so I don't think it's a problem with permissions etc. I also have over 100GB free on my HD. Does anyone have any thoughts as to why this is? It enevr used to take this long before. EDIT- EEEK! Just got this error when I re-ran Verify Disk In Disk Utility: The underlying task reported failure on exit. It says volume needs Repair: is that permissions or the actual HD?! The Repair button on the right hand side is greyed out.