The (unfortunate) solution to SL beach balls

Discussion in 'macOS' started by catachip, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. catachip macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    I, like many people, have been dealing with constant beach balls in Snow Leopard. I was getting really frustrated after two clean installs. The performance update made no difference. So I swapped by old 160 gb drive back in (I was using a 500 gb, 5400 scorpio blue) and reinstalled Snow Leopard.

    Bingo... no beach balls at all. This sucks though, because I don't know what to do with this 500 gb drive drive now. With my photo collection I have barely any space on a 160 gb drive. Should I just get a 320 gb drive? I don't have to waste any more money on this issue...

    Did this "performance update" actually resolve anyones beach ball issues on snow leopard, and did you guys have 500 gb drives?

  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    no beach ball issue here. sounds more like a hdd issue for you
  3. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    No update is going to make a faulty drive work any better.

    You should contact WD about the crappy scorpio. Once again, this just proves my point... all HDD's are merely recycled from the same chinese parts.

    On the bright side, at least you know it's not SL and can move on.
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I always stay away from WD drives because they really are terrible in quality. I can find a Seagate drive that performs better for a lesser price. So really, you are paying for lower quality when you buy WD drives. Spend less, get less frustration by buying quality drives, such as Seagate, Hitachi and Samsung. Toshiba isn't bad either.
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    wd drives are not terrible in quality...
    wd, seagate, hitachi, etc are all good drives. depending on people's luck with a brand, they either love them or hate them
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I actually just installed a new 500 gb drive from an image of the stock 160 gb drive and no problems whatsoever. Though, I didnt have any beach ball issues before other than a 3 second beach ball when i play videos in itunes.
  7. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    Actually, yes you probably do. A faulty drive is a faulty drive. Nothing can be done with it that will mean it's 100% safe to keep using. Suck it up and go buy a new drive. Drives are so cheap now you should seriously think of buying something that far exceeds what you need right at this moment. Go for a 1GB drive so you're at least set for quite some time.
  8. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Some of the compact WD 2.5 inch hard drives I've noticed are quite finicky. The OP should definitely get a warranty replacement, or even a return for a different model if possible. Sadly, the 500 GB 2.5 inch drives, for now anyway, are very hit and miss. Hopefully as the capacities mature, things will get better.
  9. theone09 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hey Catachip,

    i got the exact same issue likes yours.. I just swapped my seagate 500GB/7200rpm to seagate 320GB/7200rpm and it works fine. And i also got a cheap enclosure for the 500G for using with the time machine...

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