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MacPro Dying?

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Feb 26, 2013 10:38 AM

My MacPro has been behaving very oddly.  It isn't seeing external disk drives consistently.  Takes forever to back up via Time Machine (because searches for the disk for what seems forever), the DVD drives doesn't recognize many DVD's that it used to (and it won't eject many of them out), and I need to hard close it down daily as it gets "stuck" or won't open a program (just recently it wouldn't open Contacts).  It is a 2008 model.  Is there anything I can try?  Or is it time to junk it?  Thanks for the help!

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,085 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:43 AM (in response to GregT)

    Try this as a start:


    1. Repair your hard drive and permissions.
    2. Reinstall OS X.


    I cannot tell you much more because I don't know what version of OS X you have installed nor additional information on your computers hardware - memory, disk drives.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to GregT)

    Well first thing is what OS? and maybe those name brand external cases don't support this OS but did with 10.6.8. Many 2008 issues with Lion and hardware resulting in folks either going back to only 10.6.8 or dual boot


    And what did you use to repair the drives? Self powered? USB only? Firewire? eSATA? what.


    Backup your files - always have two sets - and reformat the drives.

    When were they last formatted. More than a year ago?

    What are they? are they green? 7.2K type? enterprise.


    No, time to do some system maintenance on your hard drives. Even time to invest in new drives.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 11:01 AM (in response to GregT)

    reset SMC For "Mac wont' turn on or boot" and related

    General purpose Mac troubleshooting guide: Isolating issues in Mac OS X

    Creating a temporary user to isolate user-specific problems: Isolating an issue by using another user account

    Identifying resource hogs and other tips: Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory and determine how much RAM is being used

    Starting the computer in "safe mode": Mac OS X: What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?

    To identify potential hardware problems: Apple Hardware Test

    General Mac maintenance: Tips to keep your Mac in top form


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