Is this normal? Slower start up time mid 2010 iMac UPDATE FIXED :)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kazmac, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Hi everyone,

    after months of going back and forth I finally went with an entry level iMac which is perfect in every way. I think...

    I don't remember the start up time taking almost a minute to cycle from the blank gray screen to gray screen with the Apple on it. Tuesday and yesterday it started up much faster (at least 30 seconds).

    Here's my some of the hard drive info:

    WDC WD5000AAKS-40V6A0:

    Capacity: 500.11 GB (500,107,862,016 bytes)
    Model: WDC WD5000AAKS-40V6A0
    Revision: 05.01D06
    Serial Number: WD-WCAWF5070764
    Native Command Queuing: Yes
    Queue Depth: 32
    Removable Media: No
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk0
    Rotational Rate: 7200
    Medium Type: Rotational
    Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified

    The only thing I've done since Tuesday is add two songs in iTunes to test the cd-rom drive.

    I just ran the extended Apple Hardware Test and everything is fine.

    Given that my 20" refurb died within 3 months and I returned 2 iMacs prior that one, I'm a little nervous.

    Is this normal for a Western Digital hard drive to take nearly a minute start up from gray screen to grey screen with the apple?

    I appreciate everyone answering my questions in these forums. I feel like a noob even though I've owned Macs since the mid-90s.

    Thanks for your help :)
  2. bigkahunar macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2010
    open system preferences, startup disc, selected Mac osx 10.6.4 on macintosh Hd (or wot ever u called your HD) then restart.....i had the same prob n this worked for me.
  3. kazmac thread starter macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Thank you FIXED :)

    Thanks Bigkahunar this fixed it. Glad it was something as simple as that. :)
  4. OCalcutta macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010

    I didn't even know I had the same long start-up time. Thought it was normal. Fixed it for me too. Learn something new every day. Thanks!
  5. AppleZwei macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Will this work when starting up from a cold shutdown? Or will I have to do this every time I restart kind of thing, because then it is useless.
  6. bigkahunar macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2010

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