Problems with Speed of iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by olblu66, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. olblu66 macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone had a problem with the length of time it takes to load software or back up? It took us 2 days to load Adobe Photoshop CS4, almost 4 days to complete a backup to an external drive, 10 minutes or so to get to Windows using Bootcamp. Has anyone experienced these problems. We have Snow Leopard installed with no change to times. HELP!
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  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  3. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds like you have a bad drive. Try running the Verify Disk tool in Disk Utility. If that says it's ok, let us know here. If it says it's bad, replace the disk ASAP, and put that backup drive somewhere safe.
     
  4. olblu66 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problems with Speed of iMac - More Info

    We have an iMac9.1, Processor Speed 2.93 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB memory, Version 10.6. We did run the disk utility with NO problems. ?????
     
  5. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Make sure you verify / repair disk permissions. Download Onyx to run all the maintenance scripts / cleaning routines.
     
  6. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    You may also have directory damage. Do you run any java based programs, or p2p programs like LimeWire... They can all cause directory damage. Think of the directory as a roadmap to your files. You may want to get your hands on Disk Warrior and have it rebuild your directory.
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    But, before you try any of these things, make a full backup if you don't already have one. If your drive is failing, it could break during the repairs.
     

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