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    Dec 11, 2010
    Hard drive issues?
    I have an iMac 17" 5.1 with newly upgraded OX 10.6.5 which shows the spinning beach ball more than it should in my opinion. I once had a similar situation with an older Mac which turned out to be a bad hard disk. Once replaced it ran fine. How can I tell if my hard drive in my iMac is faulty? I have 4 gigs of memory.

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    Oct 22, 2010
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Firstly try updating to 10.6.6 and see if the problem persists

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    Dec 11, 2010
    When I try to download the update to 10.6.6, I am told that the server wouldn't connect and to make sure I am connected to the internet. I've tried this tree times with the same response each time.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    To test your hard drive:

    Boot the iMac with your Snow Leopard disk and run Disk Utility from the top menu: Utilities, Disk Utility. Highlight your hard drive on the left (top entry) and then select the First Aid tab on the right. Run a Verify and Repair. If you wish, you can also do a repair permissions which will take awhile to complete.

    If the hard drive checks out OK, download and run the free OnyX maintenance utility. Be sure to read directions first.

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