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Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

My Mac Pro early 2012 model has lately been very slow and spinning beachball is a common phenomenon now a days. Black Magic speed tester only shows 35 Write and 50 Read speed on my mac. Can anyone help me boost the performance of my machine?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,075 points)

    Take a look at this user tip for possible remedies:




  • Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks but there are too many things I could not understand. Is there any way to get a more simple language guide for a layman?

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 (45,075 points)

    As you might surmise there are a multitude of reasons for slow performance of a MBP.  Without some specific information for the reason of a given problem. specific advice is difficult if not impossible to give.  A forum such as this with its limitations in communications cannot hope to go through a multitude of possibilities.


    I would suggest that you find a tech savvy individual and sit down with him/her and go over your MBP to identify the problem(s).  That way you should learn a few things that will clarify some of the items in the link that I refered you to as well as possibly speeding up your MBP.



  • Shotgun00 Level 2 (220 points)

    That read & write speed is about right for the slow 5400RPM drives Apple uses in there default configurations.


    But if your drive is near full that will slow it down.

    Have you rebooted the system lately? A complete shutdown and restart.

    Sopo Sam wrote:


    My Mac Pro early 2012 model has lately been very slow and spinning beachball is a common phenomenon now a days. Black Magic speed tester only shows 35 Write and 50 Read speed on my mac. Can anyone help me boost the performance of my machine?

  • Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

    I just rebooted and re run the test and yield the same result. I saw a video in youtube whose Test hit 350 for both read and write (of course they upgraded the Memory or something) yet still 35 - 50 seems a little too less.

  • Shotgun00 Level 2 (220 points)

    That 350, if you are talking MBs of data, is with a SSD (Solid State Drive). No standard hard drive could ever transfer data at that rate.

  • Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

    So my ratings are fairly well? can I boost the performance and do away with the spinning ball?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    The Spinning beachball is a sign you have other problems then just the slow drive used in standard MBPs. Could be hardware problems, like a failing drive, to a host of other hardware.

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    Stop what you're doing and find out what is causing poor performance.


    Back up your data. The symptoms you describe may be caused by a failing hard disk but there are many other potential causes, and a backup is essential if the information on your Mac is important to you.


    Read: OS X Mountain Lion: If your Mac runs slowly The article is very cursory, but be sure to read through to the end. Unfortunately the link there is broken, so use this one: Disk Utility. You must boot from the Recovery partition to repair a disk.


    If Disk Utility finds any errors report what they are.


    Reply with your results.

  • Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

    Disk utility finds no problem with the disk..its says "the disk appears to be ok"

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    Good news.


    Rather than ask a dozen addtional questions for more details about the problem consider the following:

    Apple Support Communities contributor etresoft wrote a very useful app to quickly gather certain system information that may help point to a cause of this problem. Go to his website, download and run EtreCheck:



    Etrecheck will be in your Downloads folder. Open it from there. You may see the following dialog box:

    Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 2.26.25 PM.png

    Click Open - etresoft contributes to this forum frequently and can be considered a trustworthy developer.


    It will take a moment to run as it collects its data.


    Copy and paste its output in a reply.


    Do not be concerned about anything that says "Problem" or "failed".


    EtreCheck was designed to remove any personal information (such as your computer's name and serial numbers) but if you see anything that looks like an email address or any other personal information that should not be divulged to others, please delete or obscure that information when you post the reply.


    When you are finished with EtreCheck, quit the program. It occupies very little space, and you can keep it or drag it to the Trash as you wish.

  • Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

    Hardware Information:

        MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro8,1

        1 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU: 2 cores

        4 GB RAM


    Video Information:

        Intel HD Graphics 3000 - VRAM: 384 MB


    Startup Items:

        HWNetMgr - Path: /Library/StartupItems/HWNetMgr

        HWPortDetect - Path: /Library/StartupItems/HWPortDetect


    System Software:

        OS X 10.8.3 (12D78) - Uptime: 0 days 3:52


    Disk Information:

        ST9500325ASG disk0 : (500.11 GB)

            disk0s1 (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB

            JaD3d (disk0s2) /: 499.25 GB (121.01 GB free)

            Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB


        MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-8A8 


    USB Information:

        Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)

        Apple Inc. BRCM2070 Hub

            Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

        Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad

        Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver


    FireWire Information:


    Kernel Extensions:


    Problem System Launch Daemons:


    Problem System Launch Agents:



    Launch Daemons:

               [loaded]    com.adobe.fpsaud.plist

               [loaded]    com.adobe.SwitchBoard.plist




    Launch Agents:

           [not loaded]    com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

               [loaded]    com.adobe.CS5ServiceManager.plist



    User Launch Agents:

               [loaded]    com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

               [loaded]    com.adobe.ARM.202f4087f2bbde52e3ac2df389f53a4f123223c9cc56a8fd83a6f7ae.plist


               [loaded]    com.facebook.videochat.sonsamte.plist


    User Login Items:



    3rd Party Preference Panes:

        Flash Player





    Internet Plug-ins:



        Flash Player.plugin






        QuickTime Plugin.plugin



    User Internet Plug-ins:


        Unity Web Player.plugin


    Bad Fonts:



    Top Processes by CPU:

            28%    firefox

             9%    uTorrent

             5%    WindowServer

             1%    EtreCheck

             1%    Dock

             1%    hidd

             1%    mds

             1%    Locum

             0%    mtmd

             0%    netbiosd



    Top Processes by Memory:

        681 MB    firefox

        168 MB    mds

        86 MB    Finder

        74 MB    WindowServer

        61 MB    AdobeReader

        53 MB    uTorrent

        37 MB    SystemUIServer

        37 MB    Dock

        37 MB    coreservicesd

        25 MB    loginwindow

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    All bets are off if you download torrents, so it will be difficult to find what system corruption or data theft may have resulted from doing so.


    It may be possible to eradicate whatever system modifications may be present or what required components may be missing or corrupt, but the safest course of action in your case would be to erase your system, reinstall OS X, change your passwords, and don't download torrents.

  • Sopo Sam Level 1 (0 points)

    So we are zeroing down to torrent..r u suggestng that I should discard torrent n never use it again?

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