Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 4:49 PM (in response to GeeDubYuh)
Do you find the files again, or somewhere unexpected? Have you checked your Activity Monitor to see if you are using too great a percentage of the 4GB.
Dependant on the age of your Mac you may be able to upgrade your memory to 6GB or more. What year is it?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 4:17 PM (in response to seventy one)
My Mac was bought in 2009. My understanding is that I have the maximum allowed memory.
I'll take a look at the Activity Monitor and see how much memory is being used for those aforementioned applications.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 4:30 PM (in response to GeeDubYuh)
Your machine will support up to 8-16GB, depending on if it's a early 2009 or late 2009 iMac. You said you bought it in 2009 however that doesn't necessarily mean it's a 2009 model. You will need to verify exactly which iMac you have, you can start by calling OWC (www.macsales.com) or go to Crucial's website and both can help you tell how much RAM your machine can handle.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2012 4:33 PM (in response to GeeDubYuh)
Let me know what you find. If yours is a 21' mac and you feel you may be short of RAM, depending where you live you should approach ...
In North America ... OWC.
In Europe ... Crucial.com
The geographical difference will show price benefits due to local sales taxes, shipping and exchange rates.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 7:02 AM (in response to rkaufmann87)
Thanks for the information on how to exactly verify my iMac's model year.
However, my original question of symptoms of a failing hard drive don't seem to be directly addressed. Aside from the spinning beachball, is there any other symptoms I should be on the look-out for? I would rather be proactive rather than reactive.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 7:07 AM (in response to GeeDubYuh)
Open up Disk Utility, select the drive, the topmost listing, and see what it says for SMART status, verified or not. Verified won't be all that meaningful, but you can trust failed.
Also hit Verify Disk.
Might want to run the demo of SMART Utility to check the health of the drive
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 8:04 AM (in response to GeeDubYuh)
Use this Apple page to see it your iMac is one with a known-bad lot of hard drives:
Note the first line:
Apple has determined that certain Seagate 1TB hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to GeeDubYuh)
You can also run Apple Hardware Test in Extended Mode 3-4 times. If any errors come up you have to take it in for service. AHT isn't the most reliable test but if an error appears they're normally correct and indicate a problem has to be addressed. The codes are not published by Apple so you need to take it in for accurate diagnostics. Remember to run AHT in Extended Mode and run it several times, each pass can take up to an hour each.
You can also listen to Failing hard drive sounds and if you hear a sound similar to one of those then you know for sure but from what I'm getting you havne't mentioned any sounds.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 4:33 PM (in response to rkaufmann87)
Thanks for the info. I know what I'll be doing over the coming weekend.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2013 4:34 PM (in response to Allan Jones)
I'll use that link to see how ill my hard drive might be.