Upgrade trouble

glip

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Aug 10, 2011
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I have an 2008 mac pro 4.1 266 quad core. I finally decided to upgrade from 10.6 to 10.9 and put in an ssd. I installed the OS on the ssd and moved the applications over to the new drive. At first it seemed to work, but now the pin wheel interrupts even the most minor operations such as selecting folders on a different drive. This occurs even when I eject the previous system drive. Will reinstalling the applications be the answer?
thanks in advance.
 

Inutopia

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Apr 8, 2009
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Hey, some suggestions:

Did you upgrade to 10.9, or do a clean install?

Try creating a new user account and see if the problem follows.

Open Activity monitor and look at the RAM and CPU tabs (sort by CPU % and Memory), are there any apps or processes using lots of your resources? What are the top ones and what do the graphs at the bottom look like while it is misbehaving? Attach screenshots of this if possible.

Out of interest, how much RAM is in the machine? What GPU?
 

IowaLynn

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I have an 2008 mac pro 4.1 266 quad core. I finally decided to upgrade from 10.6 to 10.9 and put in an ssd. I installed the OS on the ssd and moved the applications over to the new drive. At first it seemed to work, but now the pin wheel interrupts even the most minor operations such as selecting folders on a different drive. This occurs even when I eject the previous system drive. Will reinstalling the applications be the answer?
thanks in advance.
Generally you can clone the system w/ SSD on native SATA II drive bay, works good.

Whose SATA III PCIe?

What model SSD? Samsung? OWC? Crucial? and which model.

I would have at least looked into 256GB, then at SM951 PCIe-SSD for best performance.
 

glip

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Aug 10, 2011
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Generally you can clone the system w/ SSD on native SATA II drive bay, works good.

Whose SATA III PCIe?

What model SSD? Samsung? OWC? Crucial? and which model.

I would have at least looked into 256GB, then at SM951 PCIe-SSD for best performance.
 

glip

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Aug 10, 2011
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Thanks everyone. Of course just like when you finally go to the doc and the pain disappears, the computer is working well this morning as it does once in a while.
To answer your questions in order.
I installed 10.9 on a clean drive so I assume, it is a clean install. Right now the activity monitors shows nothing much. Only Firefox is 3%. I have 16 gigs of ram as I work on large photoshop files. The computer is 2.66 quad core intel xeon- if that answers the GPU question.

Don't know what trim is.

"Generally you can clone the system w/ SSD on native SATA II drive bay, works good"
Are you saying that once you have a system on a SSD, you then copy it on to a SATA? Do both run at the same time?
I still have the old 10.68 on another drive. I did that so I could go back to older programs, but I can get rid of it now.

As you can probably tell, I am not well versed on the hardware.

Here is the info on the SSD

Capacity: 240.06 GB (240,057,409,536 bytes)
Model: SSD2SC240G3LC709B121-460P
Revision: 541ABBF0
Serial Number: PNY17140000493661844
Native Command Queuing: Yes
Queue Depth: 32
Removable Media: No
Detachable Drive: No
BSD Name: disk3
Medium Type: Solid State
TRIM Support: No
Bay Name: Bay 4
Partition Map Type: GPT (GUID Partition Table)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Verified
Volumes:

The other drive with the old system is
Capacity: 640.14 GB (640,135,028,736 bytes)
Model: Hitachi HDE721064SLA360

Should I clone the 10.9 onto it?

Thanks again.
 
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pastrychef

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Sep 15, 2006
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TRIM can help maintain a healthy SSD especially if you are moving lots of data to it. Directions on how to enable it can easily be found on the internet with a simple search. It can be done via Terminal or an app such as TRIM Enabler.

If you do not have TRIM enabled and you are experiencing extremely poor performance, you can try allowing the SSD's built-in garbage collection to do its duty by holding the [Option] key when you boot up and letting it sit at the boot partition selection screen overnight. It can also help to disable sleep for your hard drives so that the built-in garbage collection can work during periods when the system is idle.