Upgrade HHD now get pinwheel a lot

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TXbug, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. TXbug macrumors member

    TXbug

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    My MacBook Pro is a 2009 model, 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, with a 250 GB HHD.

    I upgraded the HHD to 500 GB. I used SuperDuper to clone the drive making it bootable and a startup drive. After doing that, I get the pinwheel on everything, Firefox, Terminal, Activity Monitor, Safari, Mail, Outlook, Word, Excel, eveything. If I put the original 250 GB HHD back in, everything works without the pinwheel.

    Something is different and wrong to cause this. Any suggestions?
     
  2. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    - Possible the new HDD is DOA
    - tried a fresh install on the new drive?
    - maybe try cloning with CCC instead of SuperDuper?
     
  3. TXbug thread starter macrumors member

    TXbug

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    I tried two new HDD, both WD5000BEKT, 7200 rpm. I tried CCC, I tried building a new install from the distribution disk. In all cases I still get that annoying pinwheel.

    I can put the original 250GB, Fujitsu back in there and it works fine. But, I out of space. Only 10% free.

    Is there a HHD that is Mac compatible?
     
  4. LunaC macrumors member

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    Search for the recent ssd thread on resetting permission/ ownership
     
  5. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    That's quite odd, lots of people have had success with that model of drive in MBPs. No HDD is really specifically "Mac Compatible" so I wouldn't worry about that.
     
  6. TXbug, Apr 11, 2011
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    TXbug

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    I got it fixed, the long hard way.

    I tried SuperDuper! and CCC. I tried a fresh install and use the Mac facility to copy the files from the old drive. I tried a fresh install and use Time Machine backup to install the old drive files. All failed to fix the problem.

    The problem appears to be corrupt file(s).

    So, I erased the new 500 GB HHD and did a fresh install from the 10.6 update CD/DVD. Then I did the upgrades using the "Software Update...". Then I install the software I use, iLife, iWorks, MS Office for MAC 2011, etc. Then I exported the iPhotos to another drive and I copied the iTunes files, music, TV Shows, Movies, Podcasts, etc. to the other drive. I then imported the iPhotos and "Added to Library" the iTunes files.

    Everything worked for a while. However, while organizing the iPhotos into Events, the pinwheel started back up frequently. A little research can up with the solution for that. Quit iPhoto, hold down the command and option key while starting up iPhoto again. A menu appears to rebuild the iPhoto files.

    Since then everything works fine.

    Apparently something was corrupt or got corrupt when copying from old drive to new. What and how, I don't know.

    The problem was not the new hard drive.
     
  7. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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    Well, when you organize large libraries for the first time, some beach ball is expected. It takes time to index or reindex stuff.
     

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