Resolved Macbook Pro 2011 Super Slow because of HDD?

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  1. Gensigo macrumors newbie

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    I have this Macbook Pro from one of my friend. It's from early 2011 and it is running under Mac OS Sierra. I suspect that the hard drive is getting old and I ran a scan with a software called "DriveDx".

    It was saying that the HDD is running at 79% of its health performance and 6,953 hours Power On Time. There are no bad sectors but what really got my attention is the speed test :

    Average Throughput (Read) : 373.7 KB/s
    Average Throughput (Write) : 370.5 KB/s

    This is really really slow and I don't know why. Here is the HDD report :

    https://goo.gl/66MK6r

    I also did a scan with the software "EtreCheck" and here is the system report :

    https://goo.gl/JGNK5q

    I believe it is slow because of the HDD. Maybe I am missing something else but can't find what. What do you guys think ? I bought a Toshiba OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD but I won't receive it before Sunday and I am open to other suggestions.
     
  2. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

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    OS X / Mac OS has been pretty IO intensive for a while. My older machines became frustrating to use. It used to be that once things loaded you could go about your work. Now, there is so much going on in the background that it just drags the whole system to a crawl. But I'm happy to say that SSD was the answer to that and I'm again happy with the performance of my older Macs (2011 and 2012).
     
  3. satcomer, Jan 7, 2017
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    satcomer macrumors 603

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    You have a bad startup item listed is big one, so delete it!

    Plus replace that hard drive with an SSD and get a faster experience!

     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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  5. Gensigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I will put the SSD for sure. I believe you are talking about these two :

    HWNetMgr: Path: /Library/StartupItems/HWNetMgr

    HWPortDetect: Path: /Library/StartupItems/HWPortDetect

    How do I remove the startup item ? I removed everything at startup already by going into System Settings => Users & Groups => Login Items and I unchecked all the useless software :

    http://prnt.sc/dso1jy

    http://prnt.sc/dso2c8

    but I can't find HWNetMgr and HWPortDetect...
     
  6. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    Go to : Macintosh HD / Library / Startupitems

    As for Login Items : unchecking the items does NOT remove them !
    The tick boxes are in the "Hide" column, that means that unchecking will UNhide, not remove.

    To remove an item, select it and click the "-" sign.

    Also download and run Etrecheck, then post the output here.
     
  7. Gensigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I just removed them from the library folder and used the - sign on the login items.

    I posted an EtreCheck report in my first post here : https://goo.gl/JGNK5q
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    Actually I ran another test with EtreCheck and the performance got better. I went from poor to below average.

    Report is here : https://goo.gl/5IZfYw
     
  8. satcomer macrumors 603

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    You have an old driver 'Kernel Extensions', two of them that will not run in your current MacOS. Use the parity to find them and delete them, then reboot!

    Plus you have an old unsupported Facebook driver that won't load, so delete that too.

    Plus some of this internet plugins are to old for your current version of MacOS.
     
  9. Gensigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your answer. Really helpful. What do you mean by using the "parity"?
     
  10. satcomer macrumors 603

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    That was a stupid auto-correct.:mad:
     
  11. Gensigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I meant how can I remove them because I did not understand
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    Do I have to manually delete them in ~/Library/LaunchAgents ?
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    Nevermind I just saw that the directory path is displayed in the EtreCheck report for the drivers and user agents.

    Thank you!
     
  12. Gensigo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I replaced the old HDD by the SDD instead. It's incredibly fast now and my friend is really happy about it. I also ran the Etre Check again and I got the results in less than 3 minutes compared to the 30 minutes it was taking before. I went from poor performance to good in Etre Check.

    Thank you all!
     

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