MBP slower after HDD upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SamSchneeberger, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. SamSchneeberger macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Hey Guys,

    I need your guys' help. I upgraded from a 250GB 5400rpm drive to the WD Scrop. 500 GB drive yesterday. The 250GB drive was completely full with only a few mb. to spare. After the upgrade and reinstallation of Bootcamp the laptops going a lot slower on startup (25 loady rotation thingy) and shut down and with a few programs.

    These are the steps I did to upgrade:
    - Used CarbonCopy to backup the Partition to a external disk.
    - Installed the new drive.
    - Booted up on the External Backup and copied over the whole backup partition to the new disk using Diskutility and the restore thingy.
    - I installed bootcamp (150gb) and there is still about 230gb to spare on the Mac partion. The most changes are in Lightroom with loading of Jpegs and RAW pics and especially on startup and shutdown it takes a lot longer.
    - I defraged using idefrag (quick online version only though)

    Did I do something wrong with the migration? are there any others things I can do to make it faster?

  2. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    Try repairing disk permissions in Disk Utility for your osx partition. That usually speeds things up for me when things slow down.
  3. SamSchneeberger thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008

    I noticed a small change.

    But startup still takes 3 months. Is there something wrong I did with the system migration?
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I would recommend a clean install just because. I don't have any hard evidence that would show why there would be a slowdown but when I tried a clone and boot vs. a fresh install my clones always showed a noticable slowdown (on platter and solid state drives). I personally would do a fresh install then use the Migration Assistant to move everything over. Some of the more complicated apps like lightroom and CS4 may not migrate correctly, in that case you'd deactivate your install while you still have a chance and install it fresh.
  5. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Before giving up and reinstalling you should really do an offline defrag since it can actually use the advance features for optimizations and hot file zone.
  6. SamSchneeberger thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I got it down to a 25ish second startup.

    There is no way I am going to waste another WHOLE day backing up and reinstalling OS X and Boot Camp, so I will just have to live with it.

    How do Fonts (library->fonts) affect performance? Is like on windows? I've got a crapload of them.
  7. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    25 is pretty good. Faster than my stock UMBP 250gb drive.
  8. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    Certainly nothing wrong with 25 sec! Thats where my macbook with the same drive and 4gb ram is at.
  9. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    iDefrag is unnecessary and will slow down the system. HFS is more efficient if you let itself do its own defragging.
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Any issues you had were brought over from the old clone. I always recommend fresh installs over using a clone; however, always do a clone first so you know you have all your data.

    PS. 25 seconds is a very good boot time for a platter drive. My 2.4 uMBP's (2GB RAM) stock drive takes 39 seconds.
  11. sngx1275 macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2009
    There was a dude over in the Mini forum with a similar situation. Turns out it was the way he cloned it according to someone else. The files get out of order or something... aw hell I'll just dig up the link for you since I'll probably screw up the explanation...

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