iMac bootup taking 15-30 minutes?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CamQuartr, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. CamQuartr macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    I have a fall 2009 i5 27" which I bought refurbished late august of 2010

    So the other day i started working on a new final cut project. The total clips I used came out to about 50 gigs. The next day I turned on my computer and it took an abnormally long time to boot up (about 15-20 minutes) , I figured it was because of these huge files. Last night i finished the project, and cleared out everything (I also cleared out another 130 gigs of my HDD), and when I booted up my computer today it took about 30 minutes to boot up. My computer eventually does boot up, and works perfectly fine. Why is this? Thanks
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Something is wrong with your computer, so I'd make sure that I have an up-to-date backup. I would suspect a hard drive close to failing, so the first thing I'd do is create a Time Machine backup. These big files shouldn't make a difference really. Once you have a backup, you could try booting without a network connection (I have seen cases where a Mac waited ages for a broken server on a network to respond, but that is very, very rare).
  3. djc6 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I also suspect hard drive failure. Focus on backups; once that is done, try running SMARTReporter and see if anything is amiss:

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