how to test for a bad hd?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fowler., Apr 14, 2008.

  1. fowler. macrumors 6502a

    fowler.

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    I have a feeling my hard drive is going. I'm getting the spinning beach ball quite often these days... and with 2 gigs of ram and a fairly recent fresh install (~6 months), it surely can't be either of those.

    Is there any to test what's up with the hd? X-Bench?
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    You could try going into disk utilities>first aid, verifying the disk,if something shows up there's a repair option
     
  3. ert3 macrumors 6502a

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    There is also the possibility that you inadvertently installed to many startup apps and they are dominating your system resources.

    To that end if you are running a PowerBook you should know that universal binaries are rather clunky.
     
  4. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    Tech Tool

    If you want to spent some money, try Tech Tool Pro. It is a great tool, and it will scan your HD and do a surface scan and read/write tests and then fix any problems on top of all the other stuff it does. It might have a demo version but I don't know.

    See http://www.micromat.com/ for more information.

    I'm in no way a partner with Micromat. I just bought the software and I really like it.

    The Stig
     
  5. steinlager macrumors regular

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    Are you running Leopard?

    I'm not sure if this applies to Tiger as well, but try booting from the installation disc and select Disk Utility at the top. Do verify/repair disc and it'll tell you if you have problems. Worked for me when I had kernel panics during bootcamp partitioning.
     

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