Late 2006 iMac HDD Problems?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ditton, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Hey all, long time reader here who's just signed up. I've got a late 2006 iMac (iMac 5,1) 2.16 C2D, 2GB RAM, that's suddenly begun to slow to a crawl.

    I had Leopard installed and 1GB of RAM in it until a day ago - it was slowing to a crawl at points so I decided to upgrade the RAM to 2GB and do a fresh install of Snow Leopard.

    Basically it took about 4 hours to install Snow Leopard. Once I was in and trying to do different things (updates, downloads, launching apps) it basically locks up.

    I went to Activity Monitor and watched the read/writes while waiting for programs to launch - data rates were very sporadic and at times non-existent even when apps were still trying to launch.

    Basically - I'm thinking it's the HDD - Just wanted to check with you guys to see what you all think.

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    Have you ran Disk Utility? Sounds like dead HD though

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