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TheLOGICalone
Aug 17, 2011, 10:16 AM
Hello, I have a hex mac pro with 12gb ram, 1tb wd caviar black from apple in slot 1, 2tb wd caviar black that i purchased on my own in slot 2. One day i came home and there was a weird red light emanating from my mobo and my computer wouldn't boot. I took it in to apple store and they just finally replaced my mac with a new one after 16 days of avoiding me. They said that the 2tb wd caviar black that I had installed into the second hd slot was the root of the whole problem, and that the computer would not boot with that drive inside, when its taken out it boots fine. This I could not believe, but when i took it home, the computer will not boot with that hd in the tray.
Question 1: wtf?
Question 2: Is there any way that i can retrieve my data that I don't know about? (my plan is to buy an enclosure and see if that works)



goMac
Aug 17, 2011, 04:44 PM
Sounds like a bad hard drive of some sort. The only other option is a bad bay. Did you move it to another bay?

philipma1957
Aug 17, 2011, 05:27 PM
so you have a fully new mac pro? buy a cheap case like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/Thermaltake-N0028USU-BLACX-HDD-Docking-Station-Case-/280563267982?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item4152dfb98e#ht_4616wt_766

boot the machine with the good hdd inside no other extras just the keyboard and the mouse.

Plug in the hdd to the thermaltake plug it into the mac pro after the mac pro booted. then power the thermaltake up . if the pro sees it you can save the data onto another hdd.

TheLOGICalone
Aug 17, 2011, 07:35 PM
i just bought an enclosure and put my 2tb hd in it... and it won't even power on! Is there some kind of kill circuit on hard drives or what? I mean its as dead as a door nail lol and it kills everything it touches.

philipma1957
Aug 17, 2011, 10:02 PM
i just bought an enclosure and put my 2tb hd in it... and it won't even power on! Is there some kind of kill circuit on hard drives or what? I mean its as dead as a door nail lol and it kills everything it touches.

does that bad hdd have a lion osx on it? if so please let me know. I have had a drive go weird with a lion install on it. It behaved very much like your drive is doing. what enclosure?

TheLOGICalone
Aug 17, 2011, 10:16 PM
No, the 2nd hard drive did not have lion on it, it had snow leopard. And now to add insult to injury, I left the drive inside the enclosure with the power plug still plugged in and a few minutes later i noticed the smell of burning plastic and an abnormal amount of heat coming from the enclosure! I think i will have to concede defeat on this one.

DasShrubber
Aug 18, 2011, 07:53 AM
Yup, sounds like door stop material.