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    Bad Boot Drive?

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    Bad Boot Drive?
    Hello Mac-Forum,

    My desktop has been having issues lately and I just wanted a second opinion.

    My set-up
    MODEL: Mac Pro Mid 2010 desktop
    PROCESSOR: 2 x 204 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    MEMORY: 6 GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 EC
    GRAPHICS: ATI RADEON HD 5770 1024 MB
    SOFTWARE: Running Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63)

    My computer is a little over two years old but it has been freezing on me a lot. No beachball, no keyboard, just a frozen arrow.

    I believe my boot drive is going. I have backed up all my important files and am ready to try replacing the drive. I can get the same model drive originally installed for about $60.

    I just want reassurance that all I need to do is replace the drive in the bay and reload my OS. Seems too simple.

    Thanks in advance,

    -Mike

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    Bad Boot Drive?
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    I just want reassurance that all I need to do is replace the drive in the bay and reload my OS. Seems too simple.
    It is simple and since you have a Mac Pro, getting at things is so much easier than with my iMac. If you intend to replace the drive, now is the time to replace it with a larger faster model or even a SSD.

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    Thanks chscag,

    Love your Avatar.

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    Have you tried using Recovery and Repair Disk to see what Disk Utility bsays about the hard drive?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    I have done all the easy recovery "apps" that I know.

    What is this about a bootable thumb drive? How does that work? I've never heard of that.

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    You can use this, DiskMaker X, to make a bootable USB installer. You need to have the Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks installer file downloaded from the Mac App Store. They work great, I had a DVD of Lion, but then the files got too large for DVDs so I made flash drives and SD cards for the others.
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    Recovery is not an 'easy' application but part of the operating system, a built-in set of trouble shooting utilities.. Read this and try it:-


    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    You can use this, DiskMaker X, to make a bootable USB installer. You need to have the Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks installer file downloaded from the Mac App Store. They work great, I had a DVD of Lion, but then the files got too large for DVDs so I made flash drives and SD cards for the others.
    Thanks for the info, I'll have to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Recovery is not an 'easy' application but part of the operating system, a built-in set of trouble shooting utilities.. Read this and try it:-


    OS X: About OS X Recovery
    Sorry for the imprecise wording. I meant 'easy' to mean 'the first thing I tried' and "apps" should have been "utilities". My apologies.

    I'm definitely going to try the Mac OS X Recovery system, I'll let you know how that goes.

    Thanks for the info.

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