Reinstalling OS X (Snow Leopard)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Frozo., Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Frozo. Guest


    My MacBook Pro 13" 2011 base has started to get a bit sluggish and slow. I don't use it for anything demanding, its usually just browsing the internet and listening to music. The only other applications I've installed are; Steam, Skype and Microsoft Office 2011.

    I'm just looking at doing a nice clean install to see if this changes anything and if not I might take it to Apple as I've noticed the HDD clicking especially when moving my MacBook. And just wondering whether this is a fault or this is normal?

    Anyway I'm just wondering how you go about reinstalling OS X, Do you just put the CD in and away you go or? Is there more to it?

    Thanks :) :D
  2. Gramp macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    Don't have personal experience with a Macbook, but a clicking HDD is normally bad news.

    If the observed slowness happens with both local apps. and web usage, might be worth a clean start (after backing up).

    You will ideally need to do that anyway if it is a warranty claim for the HDD.
    (So they can't blame it on your 3rd. party apps., etc.)

    Yes, just boot with the install DVD and follow the prompts.
    But check out using Disk Utility from the DVD first to verify and possibly repair the HDD before re-initializing the operating system.
    But I'd suspect a h/w problem such as a failing motor or circuit board component in the HDD.
  3. Hansr macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    HDD clicking => Don't bother with anything, just backup and hit the apple store for support.
  4. Frozo. thread starter Guest

    Thanks for the replies :)

    I think I'll do a clean install to see if that speeds it up, if not I might drop by the Apple Store and let them check it out because as you said a clicking HDD is not good.

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