How to find hard drive size and Free Space.
If you click on your Hard drive icon (should be upper right hand corner of your screen)...when the window opens it says at the bottom how much Free Space you have on your drive.
If you go to the , click on About This Mac, click on More Info... in that window. The next window says how big you hard drive is under Hardware....click on Serial-ATA.....look under Capacity:
We need to know this cause if a hard drive is too full it slows things down and creates operational difficulties.
That's plenty of free space! 10 to 15% is advised.
Try using Disk Utility to do a Disk Repair, as shown in this link, while booted up on your install disk for OS 10.6.8 and under. If you are running 10.7 or 10.8 run Disk Repair from Disk Utility on your Recovery System. It shows you how in the link.
You could have some directory corruption. Let us know what errors Disk Repair reports and if DU was able to repair them. This could just be a start in repairs and you may need a better utility to finish the job.
Then Repair Permissions.
No need to report any Permissions errors........we all get them.
I'm sorry i haven't replied, was gone for a day! And yes, safe boot worked, and thats how i got my computer working again. It still is getting the beach ball every few seconds and litterally annoying the sh.. outta me. I plan to look more at it this weekend as i have school during the day. Hopefully you're still here! Haha, i plan to find the disk this week, if not, i'm not quite sure what to do. Any ideas?
.. check to see how much memory is being used once you start running things.. you could be experiencing page swaps.. this means you run out of memory and everytime you try to do something the computer unloads unused data and attempts to load it with data you need. This will slow things considerably.
Run the program called Activity Monitor form your Utilities folder. Click on the System Memory tab. If Page Ins/Outs is high or Used = Free then you're running out of memory and need to upgrade.
If you need more memory you should be able to upgrade it to either 3GBs or 6GBs from your 2GBs depending on your model. Yes, I know, Apple will say you can only address 2GBs in your machine.. but it can physically address more. See http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/MacBook/Pro/Core2/
You probaly want to consider uppgrading your disk too...
Well, you are stuck then. I think more RAM will help depending on what you do with your Mac. I have 4GB installed.
Here's a Spinning Beachball faq. But you'll need a repair disk, most likely, to get anywhere. The Snow Leopard disk is fairly cheap at Apple Phone Sales.
What I use....
If you don't have Disk Utility's Disk Repair you'll need a more robust utility to repair it.
I would recommend DiskWarrior. It is the best at directory repairs. It rebuilds then actually replaces your old directory. I feel every Mac owner should have a copy. It also has File System repair now and hard drive S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics.
Make sure you get the disk so you can boot up on it to run repairs. You can also install it on another drive and run it from there to repair this one. DW works faster that way. But sometimes a badly damaged system can be deemed unrepairable by the installed version, but if booted and repaired from the DW disk it may be repairable. This has happened to me.
I use DW once a month to try and catch errors in my system from getting too far out of hand. It has repaired every little and big issue I have ever had with my three Macs.
If you have a good backup, hopefully a clone of your system before you had issues, an Erase and Install will also rid you of this issue. But, beware! You will lose everything on the drive with this procedure. Let us know if you need help with that!
Good Luck! DALE
I'm having a similar problem to the one started in this thread and just found your reply. Maybe you can help. My computer is running slow and I'm forever staring at the sbbod. Wondering if it might be a page swap problem. Here are the details of my MacBook Pro....any thoughts?
2 GB 1067 MHz of RAM/Memory
Capacity 159.18 GB
Free 74.84 GB
I went to Disk Utility and clicked on Verify Disk and after it cycled through a bunch of stuff it said that everything looked ok. I'm out of town right now or I'd use my actual disk. I opened up Activity Monitor, clicked on System Memory and here's what it says:
Free - hovers between 190-260 MB
Page ins - 7.74 GB
Page outs - 4.56 GB
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.