iMac hard drive is friggin' SLOW

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rckstwrz, May 16, 2008.

  1. rckstwrz macrumors member

    rckstwrz

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    I have a 24" iMac, one of the white ones, with a 750GB hard drive, and anytime I access the hard drive, the whole system slows down. (Which is why I now hate Time Machine.) Is this normal? Would my machine be faster if I had a smaller internal hard drive? Should I start limiting the amount of apps I have running at the same time? Any other tips?
     
  2. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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    My guess is that you are having another issue.

    Do you run disk utility?

    How much RAM do you have?

    I have an older iMac G5 w/ 2GB RAM and 400GB HDD, and that runs smooth.

    Therefore, I find it hard to believe that your hard drive is the cause of your computer being slow.
     
  3. rckstwrz thread starter macrumors member

    rckstwrz

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    yes, i've repaired the disk permissions. i have Cocktail clean my system fairly regularly.
     
  4. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    How much memory do you have? RAM.

    I imagine the white ones didn't come with much more than 1 GB? If so, you need at least 2 GB these days.
     
  5. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    are u on crack i run leopard with 768mb of ram and use adobe creative suite or w.e its called quite good runs smooth and fast and requires 1gb even runs good on 512
     
  6. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    Nope. Hard drives of the same vintage (in the 320GB to 1TB size range)
    are all about the same speed -- and they're all about twice as fast when
    nearly empty as when nearly full. If anything, a smaller (but otherwise
    equivalent) drive would be slower -- because it would be closer to full.

    It couldn't hurt. Opening fewer apps has a similar effect to adding more
    RAM. Use ActivityMonitor to check for CPU or memory hogs -- it could
    be something as simple as a badly-behaving dashboard widget.

    LK
     
  7. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a

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    I personally wouldn't use less than 2GB RAM either.

    Sure, you can run OSX and all those apps just fine with less, however, there truly is a major difference between having 2GB and having less than 2GB.

    I speak from experience, as there are numerous macs in my family with varying amounts of RAM.
     

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