Resolved [OS X Yosemite] Late 2008 MacBook Pro - Extremely Slow Boot

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  1. AppleGeek1127, Feb 25, 2015
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    AppleGeek1127 macrumors member

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    I just installed upgraded my Dad's Late 2008 MacBook Pro from OS X Mavericks to OS X Yosemite.

    The installation went smoothly, but the first boot is taking absolutely forever.

    The progress bar has been sitting at ~50% for the past 15 minutes. Should I just wait it out, or is something wrong?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Always better to just wait for a bit. Perhaps it does need that extra time to sort somethings out. It could also be a hard-drive failure, but no need to worry just yet.
     
  3. AppleGeek1127 thread starter macrumors member

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    Still waiting for it to boot...
     
  4. ZVH macrumors 6502

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    You might want to try these and reboot again:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964

    It sounds like your drive is stuck doing it's fsck OR it needs to be reset as described above. No, it isn't normal. Yosemite is known to be a slow boot on some systems, but slow usually means a minute or so, not an hour or so.

    The drive might have been bad or be going bad and the installation just exposed it. An overview of bad hard drives and symptoms can be found here:

    http://scsc-online.com/Bad Hard Drive Signs and Symptoms.html

    but there is nothing Yosemite specific in those linked articles.

    With luck one of the resets at the top will do the trick.
     
  5. Tony6411 macrumors newbie

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  6. AppleGeek1127 thread starter macrumors member

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    The MacBook finally booted after several hours. After completing the setup process with my Dad's Apple ID, it seems to be booting like normal. Also, the MacBook now has a 250GB Crucial BX100 SSD installed. Thanks everyone for your help.
     
  7. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    You are far more patient than me. I would not have wait several hours for the computer to have booted.
     

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