MacBook Pro too slow to use

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  1. swimmerboyzrg macrumors newbie

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    Hey all, over the past week or so my Macbook pro has become too slow to use. It is a mid-2010 15” with 2.53 GHz intel Core i5. 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3 memory, and I’m running OSX 10.8.4. I have 200/500 GB memory free on the HD, In terms of RAM, I have 1.39 GB free, 785.5 MB wired, 1.27 GB active, and 455.7 MB inactive, so I don’t really think memory is a problem.

    Basically, the computer is just incredibly slow. If I want to open a program, let’s say Microsoft Word, I get the spinning rainbow wheel for 5-10 minutes before the program opens, or the computer just goes unresponsive. If I want to type anything there’s a 1-2 minute delay for each time I press a key. I can’t open up web pages because the computer becomes unresponsive after 5-10 minutes of trying. Any ideas?
     
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    You may have a corrupt HDD or something corrupted in your user profile. To start, I'd create a new user profile in OS X, use it for a day or so and see if the slowness persists. If it does, then there may be a HDD problem.
     
  3. pnyc macrumors 6502

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    You might try running Onyx:
    http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php
    It's a system maintenance/clean up utility.
    You might also try looking in the console for some persisting errors and in the Activity Monitor to see if one of the processes is using too much resources.
     
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  5. swimmerboyzrg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help guys! I made a new account, logged into that, and it worked long enough for me to download Onyx. While I was running maintenence through Onyx though, it became unresponsive and now that account is slow too.

    Could you clarify this? Thanks!
     
  6. ataq macrumors member

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    i have a 2nd generation macbook pro with only c2d 2,33ghz and 2gb of ram.
    for normal use like microsoft word or surfing the web, its surprisingly fast. i use an imac 27 for heavy editing stuff.

    i got a ssd in the old 2006 macbook pro what makes it that fast.

    so i think it could be either your harddrive or something is corrupted in the system so you need to do a fresh clean install of os x.
     
  7. Sandy Santra macrumors 6502

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    OP, I think there must be something very wrong here.

    I have a 2007 MacBook Pro, 4GB RAM, running ML, and I don't have these problems. It can take maybe 30 seconds sometimes to open iPhoto, but that's because I have 40,000 photos. In general, opening Word and Excel take only 5-10 seconds. No spinning beach ball.

    There's a possibility something is wrong with your HD...unsure. But somewhere, somehow, some type of data corruption (I believe) is causing this extreme latency.

    If you have ML with all recent updates, you should be able to boot from the intact recovery partition. Hold down Command-R immediately when you hear the chime on reboot. That gets you into Recovery mode. You can then use Disk Utility to run a repair on your HD.
     
  8. calpolygraduate macrumors regular

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    First upgrade I would do is swap out the hard drive to a ssd hard drive.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Your hard drive is probably crapping out. Hope you have a backup.
     
  10. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    This
     
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    +1

    I experienced this with my mom's iMac recently. The system was very slow, but still responsive enough for me to use SuperDuper to clone the hard drive. I rebooted from the clone and performance was much better.

    I still need to replace the internal drive to get back to full performance, but that's not completely straightforward on an iMac, and the performance is good enough as is.
     
  13. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    This does sound like emminent HDD failure. Thus you need to do the following immediately:

    1. Back up your files if you haven't already done so. When you do this, rather than try to back up the whole disk, copy file by file (or folder by folder) in order or importance. This way, you can prioritize the file backup in case the HDD fails for good while you're backing up.

    2. Replace your HDD once you have your files backed up. Seems as if you need at least 500GB so you may wish to consider a hybrid drive rather than an SSD. Large SSDs are still kind of pricey and it may not make sense to spend $400 on an SSD if you plan on upgrading to an rMBP or MBA within the next couple of years.


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  14. The Unseen macrumors member

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    You can try to use Disk utility (In the Utilities folder) to verify the disk. You can directly click on "Repair Disk", skipping the check.
    Also you can try to install a SMART Status utility that says if your Hard Disk is Failing (and probably it is).
    If Disk Utility isn't able to "repair" the disk, try DiskWarrior, is a very powerful application
     
  15. swimmerboyzrg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, thanks so much guys. I use carbonite to back everything up, so I should be good there. I don't know much about computers, any suggestions about where to get a hard drive/ how much I can expect to spend on one?
     
  16. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon

    256GB SSD $200
    512GB SSD $400
    750GB Hybrid $100
    1TB Hybrid $120

    Don't put a regular HDD in there, just not worth the almost negligible savings over the hybrids.

    If you want to learn about SSDs and how they work try this site.



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  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Here's another great, but long, article on the most minute details of how SSD's work from AnandTech.

    The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs
     
  18. swimmerboyzrg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the help, you guys are awesome! I'll buy a new hard drive this weekend
     
  19. Doward macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe this will help you out:

    Cloning the HDD to your new one -
     
  20. Ludis Schnore macrumors newbie

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    I have this same problem, and basically the HDD is brand new.
     
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    Can you give any details? How fast is the RPM speed of the HDD? Are there any symptoms to describe as what and how slow it is? Is the computer new or is it a new HDD you put in?
     

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