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Macbook Pro Failing hard drive?
Old 25th September 2012
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Macbook Pro Failing hard drive?

Hi

I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8gb ram and an apogee ensemble firewire 800 i/o as my interface. I had installed Mountain Lion and upgraded to Pro Tools 10.3 but was having cpu spikes when trying to record and playback six audio (drums) tracks. I figured that the machine was just too old to handle the new OS and decided to go way back to Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I did a clean install and then reinstalled Pro Tools and still had the same problem. Thinking that the issue was with Pro Tools 10.3 I tried to do a multitrack recording (six tracks again) using Garageband (the version that is bundled with Snow Leopard) with a very basic configuration. Yet again CPU spikes and stuttering audio and graphics performance. I am now beginning to wonder if the hard drive is on it's way out. There is a quiet clicking sound coming from the drive, which may be normal. I'm not sure. Anyone with a similar set up able to advise? I should be getting better performance, right?

thanks.
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