Slow boot-up

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by airattack111, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. airattack111 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    Hi, my macbook pro 15 inch late 2008 unibody takes about an hour to boot up. Running 10.7.1. Once booting up the operating system runs slowly, the rainbow wheel comes on for about 3 minutes, then starts working normally again.

    I have a windows partition on the hard drive, this all started when something went wrong with it. I tried reformatting the windows partition with my windows 7 disk, then reinstalled. Windows still does not work, and mac runs like poo.

    Help :(
  2. Mersailios macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    Have you tried running the Apple Hardware Test to rule out the possibility of a hard disk failure?
  3. airattack111 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2008
    Says the S.M.A.R.T. status "failing" when I boot into the recover HD, I have an external, how can I copy the data to it?


    Also any good hard drive upgrade recommendations? Mine is a 320gb 7200 rpm hard drive that came with the laptop. I would like something a little better for a good price, (320gb-500gb).
  4. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011

    Google SuperDuper


    500GB SSD - $790

    Really though. You picked a crappy time to buy a Hard Drive. They've almost doubled in price with all the flooding in Thailand. Any drive brand will do but stick to 7200rpm as that's what you're used to. (5400rpm drives are cheaper but just a tad slower).

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