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#1 ojan327

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:30 PM

A couple weeks ago my mid-2010 Mac Pro started getting extremely slow at times. Restarting would temporarily fix it, until one day it wouldn't get past the apple logo progress bar screen. So I took it in and Apple ran a diagnostic and told me that it's unlikely to be the HDD but "something else" that wouldn't be worth replacing, and recommended a new computer.

 

However, my old HDD won't migrate to the new computer. Good thing I have a bootable backup. It takes longer than it should to mount, it's extremely slow in accessing files and makes a repetitive sound in even intervals like it's trying to load. So I started thinking that maybe the problem was just with the HDD.  

I'd prefer to stay with my old Mac Pro and swap out the old hard-drives with new ones if possible. So I put a new HDD in it and tried installing macOS high Sierra from a flash drive. However, it only gets to the following screen at which point there's a problem..."To install macOS high Sierra, a firmware update is required. To complete the update, click "shut down..." The shut down button is grayed out and will not let me click to continue the process. 

Is this clearly a bad sign or is there still hope to install an OS and stay with the Mac Pro? Is it possible that my old nearly-full HDD triggered a more serious issue, or vice versa? I'd really appreciate some guidance.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:06 PM

I have a similar situation with my '09 iMac desktop. I can't get on some websites because the Safari browser is old and can't be updated anymore because of my old OS that I can't update because my machine is old. I've been told to dump Safari and use Google Chrome instead. Your '10 Mac Pro is seven years old and is limited in what it can do, just like my machine. I think there's only so much life we can breathe into these things, no matter how attached we are to them. Planned obsolesence. But I'm not about to plunk down the thousand or two bucks the fast talking young guys at the Apple store want me to give them. I'll try Chrome, but that won't help you much.  


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:25 PM

No, it won't, but I still liked hearing about your similar experience.  Thanks!


Edited by ojan327, 02 October 2017 - 07:26 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:44 PM

Try installing OS X to the original Apple HDD. If it installs fine then it should install to the new HDD without needing a firmware update. Got that from Google.






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