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Tryptic 04-16-2014 02:39 PM

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

chscag 04-16-2014 02:43 PM

Quote:

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. ;)

Tryptic 04-16-2014 04:01 PM

Thanks chscag,

Love your Avatar.

harryb2448 04-16-2014 07:51 PM

Have you tried using Recovery and Repair Disk to see what Disk Utility bsays about the hard drive?

Tryptic 04-16-2014 08:59 PM

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.

ferrarr 04-16-2014 09:23 PM

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.

harryb2448 04-17-2014 02:02 AM

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

Tryptic 04-17-2014 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ferrarr (Post 1578382)
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. :Cool:

Tryptic 04-17-2014 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by harryb2448 (Post 1578434)
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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