Hard drive going bad?

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  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 6502a

    jwolf6589

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    Disk Utility and Tech Tools Pro all say my drive is fine and I ran the long surface scan. How can I tell if my drive is going bad?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    TechTool Pro is pretty good about detecting bad blocks on a drive. If it passed the long scan then I'd say there's nothing wrong with the drive itself.

    What is the issue that makes you think there might be a problem?
     
  3. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sometimes Mac is sluggish however it's only 5400 RPM running mavericks on a 6GB Ram late 2009 MacBook. Also I have to reset the SMC every 2-3 months due to the fan always running and never going below 6200 RPM.
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Just being sluggish doesn't necessarily mean HDD failure. When you say sluggish do you mean constant beach balling?
     
  5. jwolf6589 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    When it first boots up it usually is a little slow, but after everything has loaded it seems to be fine.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Ram and age are your issues I think. You could add an SSD which will really kick the performance up a lot. Not sure what the 2009 RAM max is but that's another road you could look at.

    Your major bottleneck is the HDD and the RAM
     
  7. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Sounds like you should try a fresh reinstall first.
     
  8. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Consider making a preemptive strike. Replace the HD with an SSD. While you have the hood open upgrade to 8GB of memory. You will get max performance from the machine and not have a spinning HD that will sooner or later crash.

    When you decide to replace the machine with a new model, you can remove the SSD and put a newer pre-Retina machine or in an external USB enclosure.
     

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