Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to gabamatron)
So I'm impatient as all get-out so I'm going to try booting from the disk and hoping for the best.
But honestly I would love anyone's explanation for what might have happened to create this problem. Is it something avoidable? Could it be the RAM I installed months ago acting up? Anything?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2013 3:10 PM (in response to gabamatron)
How large is your hard drive and how much hard drive space do you 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.
Hard drive is making a clicking, whirring, grinding, ping pong ball noise or any other type of unusual noises.
Hard drive is not spinning.
Computer is not recognizing the hard drive.
Sluggish loading of applications.
System freezes and hangs.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2013 3:35 PM (in response to CMCSK)
My HD is 750 GB, with 75.69 GB free.
I've been trying to get my computer to boot from the Disk but it's almost refusing to acknowledge it. It recognizes the disk when I put it in (a finder will appear - now that I've deleted all Adobe applications for fear of corrupted fonts), but when I restart or just start, it won't show me the Disk, not while holding C nor while holding Option.
I've zapped the PRAM and and reset the SMC as per the advice on this thread but that still hasn't worked.
Would a dying drive mean a new computer or is it possible/worth it to just install a new drive? I should mention, after I upgraded to the 16 gigs of RAM, my computer was lightning fast for a few good weeks. Until this all started happening anyway. Would that initial speed boost be indicative of a healthy drive yet or...?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2013 3:43 PM (in response to gabamatron)