Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 1:26 PM (in response to davek30)
The only time I can get into the desktop is if I sign in as the System Administrator, however when I do so, it does not show any of his documents.
If you are signing in under your father's user name and password, you should still be able to see his files.
How large is your father's hard drive and how much hard drive space does he have left?
Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.
Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.
Select your language.
Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.
Select Disk Utility.
Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.
Click Repair Disk.
Restart your computer when done.
Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 3:37 PM (in response to davek30)
Open Terminal in Utilities and copy/paste in the following, then hit return.
dscl . -list /Users UniqueID
Does the account name show up there? Ignore all the strange ones like root and nobody. Just look at any accounts that begin with 5 and two more digits. Should be 501 down at the bottom, if there was only one account.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 5:53 PM (in response to CMCSK)
Thank you for the reply CMCSK, I have actually repaired the disk as well as repaired permissions on two occasions. One was before the re-install of OSX and the other was after. I am still experiencing the same issues...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 6:11 PM (in response to WZZZ)
As mentioned before, there arent really any 3rd party apps installed besides VMFusion and Microsoft Office. The HD capacity is 499.75GB and only 76.1GB is used...
I did end up finding a small solution for getting the documents onto an external drive...Since I could not login from the start screen to show my dads account, I ended up logging in under the System Administrator. I then added a new user but with the same credentials as what my dad used before the crash since I could not login from the start screen. I then rebooted, logged in under the SA again, and clicked on Macintosh HD > Users > "my dads name" which magically appeared again. I copied all of the documents over to my external drive, however many of the docs (photos especially) said they could not be found so unfortunately it seems as if those are lost...but at least I got the more important biz docs that he needs...
Now the problem is that the computer is still really slow just as it was before I had the login issues. Everytime I try to click on a new folder or file, I get the spinning wheel of death for anywhere from 15sec to a minute plus. I am debating just doing a clean install to wipe everything out?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2013 10:37 PM (in response to davek30)
I get the spinning wheel of death
the computer is still really slow
Sluggish Finder - Bunch of icons on your desktop? An overcrowded desktop slows down your Mac.<P>
Get rid of needless Finder calculations - Open a window in Finder/View/Show View Options: ensure "Calculate All Sizes" option is unchecked.<P><P>
Internet related - It's likely that your broadband connection is the bottleneck. You can check your speed on http://www.speedtest.net
to see how fast your connection is. If your web browser specifically performs slowly, quit and relaunch it.<P>
If browser remains sluggish, empty its cache.<P>
Firefox/Preferences - select the Network tab of the Advanced preferences and click the "Clear Now" button in the "Offline Storage" area.<P><P>
Application related - Launch "Activity Monitor" - Applications/Utilities - click the CPU heading and see what float to the top. If an application takes up a large chunk of CPU and won't let it go, it could be dragging down your Mac's performance. Quit it by clicking the Quit Process button at the top of the Activity Monitor window.<P><P>
Too little ram - max out your ram.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 4:43 AM (in response to davek30)
The slowness and other issues may be symptoms of a failing hard drive. Open Disk Utility, select the drive and see if it says SMART Verified or not.
Even if it does say verified, get the free demo of Smart Utiity to check the drive health.
You said you only have one account and the Terminal command you ran confirmed that. What then do you mean by logging in under System Administrator?
If you are going to try to do a reinstall, you might prolong the life of the drive first by doing a zero erase. From DU>Erase>Security Options>Zero Out Data. Only one pass.Then reformat the drive, HFS Journaled/GUID. Of course, make sure you have a full backup before doing this and you should also be warned that if the drive is failing, this is not a drive to be trusted.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 6:30 AM (in response to WZZZ)
CMCSK, I didnt find too much as to the internet/apps. The computer is pretty much just a stock MBP with VMFusion and Microsoft Office on it. Plus he does not do a ton of internet browsing (way less than your standard person).
Unfortunately WZZZ's suggestion for doing the Smart Utility showed some bad news, the Overall SMART Status is Failing. There are 169 pending bad sectors and a 2541 total errors, so it looks like this is the source of the problem.
Are there any courses of action from here? Seeing as how its bad hardware, buy a new HD? It looks like a brand new Macbook Pro on the outside so I definitely want to get it back running. Or does an Apple Store/online give you credits to a new purchase when you trade in older equipment?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2013 6:41 AM (in response to davek30)
It doesn't appear to be all that difficult to replace the drive. I don't know what your model is, but this is one such replacement.
Look around on the ifixit site for your model, if this isn't it.
As I said, you could try reformating/zeroing the drive. But it can't be trusted.