Extremely slow boot times - early 08 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Scottological, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Scottological macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Hi, everyone, and thanks in advance for your help...

    I just received a refurb early '08 MBP. The first time I booted it up, it worked great. I updated the software (OSX, iTunes, etc.) and rebooted. Boot time was about 5 minutes. This happened repeatedly, so I doubt it was a function of the software updates installing.

    Then I tried reinstalling the OS (erase + reinstall) from the enclosed DVDs. The problem didn't go away. Boot up times are now over 8 minutes.

    Other than that, the machine appears to be working normally. Any thoughts?
  2. jbzoom macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2010
    Mumbai, India
    I had similar problems - I created a Lion thumbdrive that booted just fine and then did a clean install by copying the thumbrive to my hard disk. It worked just fine for a while and then the hard disk died gracefully. (Reporting a SMART status of "failing" in the disk utility.) I think it was failing anyway as it had been making occasional clicking noises and the extra work from Lion finished it off. Machine currently at repair shop for new hard-drive...

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