Disk problems on new 2.8 octo Mac Pro.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by g.man, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. g.man macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    I recently purchased a 2.8 octo Mac Pro that came with a stock 200 Gig HD. I purchased a WD 640 Caviar Blue HD for a boot drive and 3x 1 Tb Samsung Spinpoints for data and backup. When I got the Mac I simply took out the stock drive, put in the WD and did a clean install off the install DVD´s. The machine performs very well when it´s running my apps, like Pro Tools, but it´s sometimes a bit fragile when performing mundane tasks like burning dvd´s while surfing safari f.eks. It tends to freeze up quite a bit. Then I noticed also that the Samsung drives I put in it are a bit unresponsive. i.e. when i move files between folders on the extra Samsungs there is a few seconds of "lag" while before I can open the folders again.

    I performed permissions repair on the boot drive to see if that helped and there were quite a lot of permissions that needed repairing. The thing is after I restarted the machine and performed the permissions repair again to see if it came up clean the exact same permissions were still un-repaired! All of them came up in the exact same order. Has anyone had this problem as well?

    I have a MacBook Pro as well with a Seritek card that does to a Firmtek 2 drive case via SATA II and those drives are much much more responsive. I can move folders around and instantly they are accessible, without any lag whatsoever. It also does not freeze up on doing these mundane tasks, and it only has 2G of RAM vs. the 16 I put in the Mac Pro.

    Any help advice is much appreciated.
  2. g.man thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    permissions weirdness

    ok this is weird.

    I put in the original 320 Gig WD HD that came with the Mac into bay 2. I started up from that drive and updated all of the software in software upgrade taking the OS from 10.5.4 to 10.5.7.
    After the restart I repaired the permissions and guess what.. the exact same permissions list came up. All of the permissions that were wrong on the new 640 Gig HD were wrong on the 320 Gig disk that came with the computer, in the same exact order. The computer said it had repaired them but when I restarted and did repair permissions again, all of them needed to be "repaired" again.

    I´m scratching my head by this point..
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Sounds like faulty drives. Try reformatting them and see if that can fix the problems.

    FYI, RAM has no effect on the speed of opening a folder in Finder. More RAM only has an effect when you would otherwise be out.
  4. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    I get exactly the same behavior (well, less the sluggishness you described) for the last two updates in a row. It's Apple having too many senior moments at the OS X shop. You're drives are fine.
  5. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    Don't worry about your returning permission errors. We all have a large list that was not fixed in 10.5.7. Plus more now with all the ilife updates.
    I have 3 macs and 4 hard drives with 10.5.7. The all have the same errors
    take a look at my errors. See if their similar to yours.

    Do you have ''put drives to sleep when possible'' checked in power saving preferences?
    This would explain seeing a pause. When you go to transfer files between drives on your mac pro.

    Did you partition the drives using GUID format? Were they formated to Mac OS Extended (Jurnaled)?
  6. g.man thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    Thanks for the info rpaloalto and Tesselator.

    Those look exactly like the permissions my computer keeps repairing. Guess I'll stop worrying about it.

    The sluggishness of the HD's has stopped for some reason. I guess they got scared that I'd reformat them or something. I did have the put hard drives to sleep when possible which I have now disabled. I formatted the drives in extended (journaled).

    I hope they fix these permissions problems in SL.

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