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SSD Hard Drive For MACBOOK PRO

Today i came to know that all the spinning wheel problems i was having was due to bad hard drive as per the apple personnel. I am hoping he is right cause as per my previous question one of the poster asked me to monitor the PID to see which process takes the maximum amount of memory. However, when the spinning wheel occurs i can't even move my mouse or anything. Even i had the activity monitor opened, it looks like it was not even doing anything because it was hang.

So my question to you gurus are is it really my hard drive ?. I mean how can i verify it ?. Lastly, if it is then could you tell me which one is the best HDD i can buy off amazon.com or newegg.com ?. I heard good things about SSD hard drives also. Any thoughts and links to the product will be highly appreciated. Thank you
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Plantwiz

8/22/2022 - Mon
maximus5328

spinning wheel can be an indication of the disk going bad. to verify it you can:
open Console and look for input/output (i/o) or disk errors in system log;
boot from external disk and see if the problem goes away.

if you do decide to replace the disk then SSD is the way to go. they are more expensive but much faster and more reliable then regular HDD.
Based on personal experience I recommend OWC http://www.macsales.com - they accept Amazon Checkout.
Plantwiz

You can run a HDD diagnostic from the MFG of your particular HDD.  And after that, if you 'hear' the drive, there is a pitch difference, it may be time to get a drive on order...at a minimum, backup ALL your important data if you don't already do that.  

Personally, I do not find enough value in SSD over IDE/ATA type HDD even in laptops to justify the cost.  However, OCZ are pretty good.  I have used Samsung (due to client's personal request).  They pretty similar in my experience, but I'd personally use OCZ in this instance.
roylong

I find the speed of my MacBook pro since installing SSD drive is fantastic.
Which model MacBook pro? Check the interface speed of your SATA and this will determine your best/fastest option. Mine runs at 6Gbps so I went for the faster crucial 6Gbps drive and it's awesome. All apps launch and run very quickly.
If you have a slower interface, 3Gbps or even 1.5Gbps you may not see such improvements, although you will definitely see improvements over standard HDD.
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Micheal_Male

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Sorry for not replying to the post guys. Can someone tell me how to make sure that my HDD is bad ?.
Micheal_Male

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This is the error i get in the Console logs when for 5 minutes my screen was hanged and all i can do was move the mouse but cannot do anything else :-


8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: Backtrace 0xffffff8000627061 0xffffff8000625b9f 0xffffff8000820057 0 0 0 0
8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: IOMediaBSDClient: bad busy count (0,-1)
8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: Backtrace 0xffffff8000627061 0xffffff8000625b9f 0xffffff8000820057 0 0 0 0
8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: EFI System Partition: bad busy count (0,-1)
8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: Backtrace 0xffffff8000627061 0xffffff8000625b9f 0xffffff8000820057 0 0 0 0
8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: USBF:      6703.503      IOUSBInterface[0xffffff800b4b6000]::joinPMtree - could not find the hub device
8/11/11 8:43:05.000 PM kernel: IOUSBMassStorageClass: not registry member at registerService()
8/11/11 8:43:05.053 PM diskarbitrationd: unable to probe /dev/disk2 (status code 0xFFFFFFFA).
8/11/11 8:43:15.000 PM kernel: 0        0 AppleUSBCDC: start - initDevice failed
8/11/11 8:43:15.000 PM kernel: USBMSC Identifier (non-unique): 5JT557850000 0xbc2 0x500 0x0
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:18.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:19.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:19.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:19.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:19.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:19.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
8/11/11 8:43:19.000 PM kernel: jnl: disk1s2: flushing fs disk buffer returned 0x5
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Micheal_Male

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Plant I did took it to apple store and they did ran some diagnostic but still could not find the root cause. The problem arises when I put my laptop to sleep and then wake it up after 12 hours or so. At that time I see the hanging. You are right it might be getting hot.
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I will buy the HDD tomorrow and will replace it just to see if it fixes my issue.
Plantwiz

Keep us posted.

Macbooks get rather warm, (mine does as do several of my clients machines).

Since you are curious about SSD any way, it might be a good chance to give it a go!  I've installed several and just don't find the performance jump as many claim they give...compared to the premium price, I would hope to have better performance.

In any case, I do not think you are making a mistake installing an SSD over a standard HDD.  It is worth trying at least once :)  

Are you planning on cloning your old drive?  Or simply going with a fresh install?

Reason I ask, is that if there is a problem with the file structure...and you copy that over...you'll also copy the problem.  (i.e excessive heat could be cause from longer searches on the HDD...so a clean install would put you on a clean slate).  

Frankly, you could test either a clean install or a clone and see how it goes.  If the problem persists, clear the drive and start new.   Just be certain you have your files backed-up before beginning incase "Murphy" stops by.
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Thanks plant. Ive already made a backup of my files. So today I'll just wipe out all my data on my HDD. it seems to be pretty simple in Lion. I will keep you posted.
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just downloaded the trial version and it stated that /dev/disk0 is failing.
Plantwiz

So, looks like you are in the market for a new drive.

Happy shopping!  Are you leaning toward any particular model.
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Yep. Ssd to buy
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Just changed my HDD and reinstalling everything i needed. I am hoping it was the HDD cause now the system utility does passes the hard drive. Thanks for your help Plant. If i still encounter the issue i will post in this thread.
Plantwiz

Good luck, you should be set but I will watch for updates