Extremely slow iMac.......

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JRM60, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. JRM60 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2008
    Well, last night my iMac took a tumble off a portable stand I use, it was still running when I put it back, but after the fall, everything was in slow motion and I got the spinning ball everytime I tried to do something. I tried shutting down and rebooting and it's so slow it's ridiculous and it keeps hanging at the log in screen. Any ideas on what to do other than take it in to either Apple or a Mac repair shop?

    Thanks in advance, Jim

    ps-tried a search and couldn't find anything.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The HDD is probably damaged, and depending on what iMac and what computer repair experience you have, you can replace the HDD yourself very easily to quite uncomfortable.
  3. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
  4. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    Similar thing happned to a friends MBP after being thrown across a floor by an inconsiderate moron. He needed a new hard drive but all else was fine. May be what is wrong with yours too?
  5. JRM60 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2008

    OK, so last night I'm pretty sure the hard drive died, it was working and then the spinning wheel took over! After trying to restart I got the ?folder and then tried to boot up with the Snow Leopard disc and it can't find the Mac HD at all when it gives you the option for disk repair.
    So I hooked up an old external super duper backup on an external drive and the computer booted up and is working great for now. The only thing is that the backup drive date is from about 6 months ago, oops, forgot to do newer one - my fault!
    My question is, can I use Time Machine to restore a more current version onto the external superduper drive? And if I can, any help on how to do that would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance and best regards, Jim

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