Mid 2010 white Macbook HDD read/write speeds

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Can someone confirm what the read/write speeds should be a on Mid 2010 white Macbook please?

I've performed some speeds tests and seem to be getting results around the 20mb/s mark, which to me seems remarkable slow as I was expecting around 50-75mb/s.

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A brand spanking new 5400 rpm disk (standard in the Mid 2010 white Macbooks) might reach 45mbs for writing and 60mbs for reading (maybe a bit more depending on the brand, how it was formatted, OS, etc) ... If the disk in your Macbook is the same age as the system, so 5/6 years and has been used extensively, the speed will probably be decreased quite a lot.

It all depends on how it was used, how it suffered so to speak.

Replace it with an SSD if you can.
Is the disk nearly full? That will affect read/write speeds too. You need to keep at least 15% of the drive free.
P.S., I wouldn't spend the money to put an SSD into a 5 year old Mac Book. Put it towards a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air instead.
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Disk has way more than 15% free space.

I'll look at replacing the drive with a new 5400rpm drive to increase speeds a bit, and it's recently started running like a slug.

have already bought a new macbook pro with ssd, and the sheer speed is what has caused me to look at the speeds of the old macbook.
Before replacing the drive, do some diagnostics.

Open Disk Utility and see what the S.M.A.R.T. status is. If it is anything but "verified", then the disk is failing mechanically and needs replacing.

If the S.M.A.R.T. test checks out okay, run "Verify Disk" and see if it reports any errors.

If it does and you are running OS 10.7 or newer, reboot while holding down Command-R to boot into the recovery partition, pull down the Utilities Menu to Disk Utility and run Repair Disk.


Thanks strung, already tired all of that.

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