WTF is up with the beach balls.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by YsoSerious, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. YsoSerious macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2008
    Ok, I got a 17 MBP early 2011 it has 8 GB ram and the 500gb @7200rpm hard drive. So why am I getting these beach ball icon everytime I open apps. I did do a migration transfer of about 150gb from a time machine back up from my old Mac. Is this the problem or is it the hard drive being it's not ssd?
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  3. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    You really shouldn't be getting beach balls that much ... how much free RAM is available? You may be experiencing this if you have too many programs open for your RAM allotment.

    The only other thing I could think of is that you may want to try a clean installation of OSX and then manually transfer over applications/documents from the TM backup ... or just drag and drop using target disk mode from your old mac. These slowdowns may be caused by decayed file structures/excessive files.

    Also, how much free disk space do you have left on the HDD? When a mechanical HDD reaches near capacity (450/500Gb+ occupied in your case), overall system performance takes a hit.
  4. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    I giggled.
  5. Nykwil macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2002
    Boston, MA
  6. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    you may have to format the drive and reinstall osx
  7. C01E macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2009
    could always be a defective HDD. The most common first sign is slow performance of a drive about to tank on you.
  8. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    Can you explain why? I thought repairing permissions was a good thing to do every now and then
  9. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Welcome to "It's Magical & Revolutionary" Circa 2011 :)
  10. un.titled macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2011
  11. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Check that your file system hasn't become corrupted and yes repair permissions too.
  12. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Why? Repairing disk permissions is a valid solution.
  13. skier777 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2010
    Why? This is good to do now and then. Along with cleaning the cache.
  14. chefwong macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2008
    I had similar issues if not worse on my new '11 13 MBP...
    SMART errors came up shortly...
    it may be a bad HD
  15. ovrkast macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    I've never had much luck with doing a restore from a Time Machine backup. Whenever I have tried in the past, it seemed that I would inherit problems from my previous system onto my new one. It may be a little more time consuming, but I always do a clean install and manually migrate my data over. I work in IT and coming from a Windows environment, manually configuring everything in a OS X environment is much faster :D
  16. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I had a similar issue with my '08 aluminum Macbook, replacing the hard drive made an amazing difference. I'd take it in to an Apple store.
  17. YsoSerious thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2008
    No I don't. I reset the pram or whatever that is and it's still the same. Did a clean install too. It might be the hard drive.
  18. YsoSerious thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2008
    How do I do this?
  19. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    After years of being in a Technician position, I have yet to see repairing permissions to actually solve any problem I have encountered. If anyone can actually prove that repairing permissions has solved a problem, by all means state it in this thread.
  20. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2007
    So what would you actually do in this position?

    Offer OP to change HDD for free of charge?
  21. charliex5 macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I'm not in any technical position but I've been messing around with my family's 4 macs for years and built 3 hackintoshes and I have also never seen repairing disk permissions improve anything whatsoever. I do it anyway though. :)
  22. DesmoPilot, Mar 10, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011

    DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Try my best to narrow out software conflicts (example: Are the app's that are producing beachballs fresh installs or time machine migrations? Some "Pro" apps don't play nice unless they're fresh installs). In terms of hardware, focus on RAM and HDD testing. Repairing permissions is absolutely useless.
  23. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    Why do people start threads with titles with so little details about their problems?

    I would actually read the original post and try to help but I'm put off by the attitude.

    Especially with WTF

    WTF do you need to start your thread with WTF you FB MFB SH etc....

    I read the post and since you don't give details, it's hard to diagnose.

    It could be something as simple as Spotlight indexing you drive.

    It could be a bad drive or Migration Transfer...

    Of course you did not say what computer or OS you did your transfer from...

    So from the amount of information in your OP you wasted everyone's time you SMF
  24. YsoSerious thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2008
    Calm the "F" down!!! My bad for the attitude. Wtf!?! Lol...relax.
    More info:
    Migration came from snow Os X but from an old MacBook (black). Same capacity HD on both drives. At this point I'm thinking it's the hard drive. I tried everything else mention here and still very sluggish.
  25. a.y.n macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
    San Francisco
    I would do a fresh install and take your time to transfer data and set it up as new. Don't use migration wizard.

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