2010 Macbook Pro suddenly shows beachball

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by laopengyou, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. laopengyou macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I wasn't able to find any answers in oder threads, so here is the situation. I updated my Macbook Pro 17 inch (2010, I know its old) to 10.11.5 from 10.11.3 and it worked fine for 2 days, no problems at all and I could work perfectly on it like I always used to. Then suddenly, after each click on a file or button the beachball appears. For example it takes 10 seconds or longer to open up a folder. To playback a music file the same, and it can't playback without interruption, including beachball. If I try to change the volume also the same, the beachball appears and after a while I can change the volume button. One remarkable thing is, that after a restart, sometimes I can use the computer without any problems for about 20 seconds or so. Then it starts behaving as mentioned before. I have a 500GB HDD in there btw. Any hints would be very appreciated, thank you!
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Has the HDD ever been replaced? By the age of the drive alone, it's possible that it may be failing. You can verify this by downloading SMART Utility here. Also, how much RAM do you have in the machine?

    If the hard-drive is OK, there are still a few things we can try, so please quote this to let me know the news either way and we'll go from there.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    It's probably a dying hard drive, replace it with an an SSD for better than new performance.
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I agree with the others. It sounds like a bad or failing HDD. A bad SATA cable could also cause similar problems.

    If your Mac is still performing the way you'd like aside from the current issues, upgrading to a SSD would make a huge difference in actual noticeable speed.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Agree with posts above.

    Put an SSD into it -- it's an easy procedure.
    NOTHING else you try is going to give you the improvement in performance you'll see from an SSD.

    You'll need the right tools -- Phillips #00 and a TORX T-6 (I believe)
    Go to ifixit.com to see what's involved.

    Right now you can get a 480gb Crucial or Sandisk Plus in the $110+/- range.

    DON'T bother with a high-end Samsung -- a 2010 MacBook can't support the speeds. You're going to see the same speeds no matter which SSD you install, because of bus speed limiitations in a 2010 MBPro.
     
  6. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

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    This sounds like what we went through when I upgraded my neighbor's 2010 Mac Mini to 10.11.4 and 10.11.5 from an earlier OS X. Just beachball after beachball. I fixed it by installing a much older OS X - the system now flies with no problems.
     
  7. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Backup asap if you haven't already. Sort an ssd if you want them - will be a decent speed boost :)
     
  8. laopengyou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, I just checked with the smart utility, 144 Bad Sectors and 31000 Total Errors ... sounds like I need a new Harddrive, SSD I guess then. Thanks again!
    --- Post Merged, Jul 7, 2016 ---
    Thanks all, guess I will try a SSD then ...
     
  9. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    Ouch! Glad you caught it before it crashed and the data became irrecoverable.
     

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