uMBP 13" super slow booting

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  1. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    Hey. I just got a brand new macbook pro 13". I'ts booting in about 3 minutes without power. and then takes about 3 minutes after I log in just to get all it's s***t sorted out.

    I ran that 32/64 bit kernel application and put it back on 32 bit after it booted slow in 64 bit. Otherwise I dunno. Is this this supposed to be so slow? :/
     
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    Its not. Have you tried resetting the PRAM? Repairing Permissions and the disk?
     
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    It booted at normal speeds before trying the kernel thing. The thing is, I got his computer today so I havent even had time to mess it up... I'll try repairing all that stuff now.. otherwise think I'll just time machine it and reinstall leopard etc..
     
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    Ok.. I tried repair disk permissions but the whole system froze. Started up from disk and went repaid disk. Repair permissions was greyed out. I did that and it failed with 'invalid node structure'.
     
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    It's your HD. It's bad most likely. Happened to my backup drive and it can't hold info anymore:(.
     
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    Problem is my mom bought it in America and I'm using it in South Africa. Problem or not?
     
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    It's worth a try. Don't forget to mention the boot times as well as the invalid node structure. Good luck!:)
     
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    and to top it all off...

    I finally reinstalled OS X kinda but when it was almost done 'The Installer encountered an error that caused installation to fail'

    I give up! I'll be at apple in the morning
     
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    What does the SMART status in disk utility tell you?
     
  12. Jasonbot thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It says the disk is ok surprisingly.
     
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    I'm not an HD expert, but maybe it's a format error, not a physical disk problem. Maybe you could try reformatting the drive.
     
  14. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    Fresh install on a new SSD should solve your boot times unless the machine has other problems.
     
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    I've tried that numerous times with no success :(

    I think the machine has other problems.
     
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    ok, I somehow got OS X reinstalled on my computer and boot time including going into OS X from login is at about 50 seconds. I haven't transferred information from my other mac yet. Let's hope doing so doesn't mess it up!
     
  17. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    I once corrupted a hard drive so bad that trying to mount it in OS X and Windows to try to format froze/crashed the system. I downloaded and ran the drive manufacturer's format tool, and it was just fine after that.

    I don't think the OP has this problem, though. It sounds like the disk is failing. The manufacturer's diagnostic tool might still help, though, since it might be able to read proprietary SMART values and scan for/repair bad sectors. Most of these tools should be downloadable ISOs that you can boot, but if they don't work in your MBP, you might need to use a PC.
     
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    I checked up on my drive (Toshiba MK3255GSXF) and I can't find a diagnostic tool anywhere.

    EDIT: ran Apple Hardware Test and found no problems.
     
  19. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Apparently they don't make one. Sounds like a good reason to never buy a Toshiba hard drive (though you didn't have much choice if it came with the computer).

    Try a utility that will scan for bad sectors. I don't know of any good ones, but I'm sure you can find one if you look. I wouldn't use Check Disk in Windows because it doesn't give enough information.
     
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    can anyone recommend an OS X programme that can do this?
     
  21. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    Disk Warrior is an OS X utility that might work, but it's not free.

    You will might need to find something that runs as a bootable ISO. That's really the only way to get full access to the drive. It shouldn't interfere with your OS X install, but make sure all your data is backed up anyways in case the drive does completely fail. HDD Regenerator might work, but it's not free, and it can take weeks to run.

    The ultimate boot cd has a few non vendor specific hard drive diagnostic tools, and unlike 90% of the search results for hard drive diagnostic utility, it looks legit.
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    Have you tried Techtool Deluxe if you have AppleCare?
     
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    I don't have techtool or anything. I'm thinking if I need to by something I may as well take it to apple and have them fix it for free. For now I'll just try Ultimate Boot CD. Thanks!
     
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    Ok, computer's gone back to super lag =FAIL. I'll take it in tomorrow!
     
  24. phixiuz macrumors regular

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    Definately not normal, mine boots in 12 seconds. (intel ssd :))
     

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