iMac random freeze issue, solved!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Neuro, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Neuro macrumors regular

    Neuro

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    I've had ongoing problems with my iMac freezing, especially during iTunes playback, but otherwise random. No console errors or crash report to go on.

    I tried a fresh install several times, but the problem was still there. Also tried disk repair etc.

    I happened to try a defrag tool and it completely screwed my filesystem. As a result I had to do a proper format (zero the disk) before reinstalling.

    The freezing has now stopped!

    So if you're getting random freezes for no apparent reason, try zeroing the disk before reinstalling.

    It's very odd. Perhaps some disks weren't formatted properly before shipping in new Macs?

    The iMac is a Core 2 Duo 3.06 24-Inch (Early 2008)
     
  2. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a

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    I always think it's best to do a zero out install whenever installing or reinstalling Windows or Mac OS.

    I'm pleased that you managed to solve your problem. :)
     
  3. Neuro thread starter macrumors regular

    Neuro

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    Thanks, I always used to do a full hardware format back in my PC days. But I was led to believe that it wasn't necessary anymore.

    Apparently it is! :)

    The time I have wasted on this.... argh.
     
  4. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    What defrag tool did you use? mac are to never need to be defraged?
     

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