2009 MacBook Pro 13 freezing/crashing

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  1. standingquiet macrumors 6502

    standingquiet

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    Over the last few days my MacBook Pro has been freezing and the spinning wheel appears and I have to turn it off. Mainly does it when using iTunes or Firefox. When turning back on it's very slow and when on you click something to open in the dock the icon jumps for quite a while before the program opens.

    I have a 1tb Toshiba HDD and 8gb RAM, hard drive gets alot of use and is nearly a year old could it be that?

    Any help would be great

    Thanks Matt
     
  2. jasin, Jun 3, 2011
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    jasin macrumors member

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    I have read lots of threads on many different sites about this. A common theme on many of them is the "hard drive". So you should run that Disk Utility on your drive to see if there are any problems with that. This site here has some stuff on repairing your disk.

    http://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=3810#disk
     
  3. standingquiet, Jun 6, 2011
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    standingquiet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Disk Utility said drive was OK.

    Now I cannot open any program without the computer locking up.

    You click on an Application, any one and if it's in the dock the icon just bounces and if not just nothing happens. Then after about 2 mins the program opens however when you try using the program the rainbow wheel appears and freezes, sometimes after a couple minutes it will unfreeze but as soon as you click anything again it freezes again.


    Matt
     
  4. Naimfan Suspended

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    Run the Apple Hardware Test.

    Sounds like the hard drive is failing, regardless of what Disk Utility says. Try a different drive and see if that fixes it.

    Also, have you recently upgraded the RAM? Try putting the original RAM back in and see if that fixes it.
     
  5. standingquiet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Upgraded RAM same time as HDD in November last year.

    Just tried doing a fresh OSX install and that even failed half way through.
     
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    That sounds like a failed hard drive. Can you put the original one in or get another and try a different one?
     
  8. standingquiet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah just stuck my 320gb spare WD one in and installing the OSX on it now.

    I plugged the faulty one into another computer it recognised an external device was connected I could feel the HDD spinning but no drive appeared.
     
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    Right I got my old drive working as an external drive but when I try to move things that wasn't on my last time machine backup it says cannot copy error 36.
     
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    I tried another hard drive and it works fine, I managed to wipe my faulty one and do a fresh install and still get the rainbow wheel as soon as you click on a program. Hardware scan came up with nothing also.

    Matt
     

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