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KenAllen07
May 3, 2008, 10:39 PM
After mistakenly and unknowingly putting my iBook on my lap with a NeFeB magnet in my pocket, the hard drive was partially erased.

Afterwards I re-installed OSX and it worked for about 24 hours. Then it just froze up and crashed.

Now I hear some slight clicking out of the hard drive when booting up, and I get a blank light blue screen (not as crazy blue as the windows BSOD). When I try to put in the restore CD, or go into single user mode to do a fsck, it just stays at that blue screen.

Anybody have any idea what's wrong?

Thanks!



OrangeSVTguy
May 3, 2008, 11:05 PM
First off that must suck man. Hopefully all your data was previously backed up. And another, why would you walk around with a powerful magnet in your pocket :p

Did you try to do a hardware test using your HW test cd? Maybe the head got f'd up and scratched the platter. But doesn't a failing hdd just give the blinking "?" at start up? Anyone know if that magnet could have screwed up anything else? Good luck replacing the hdd, it'll be a long process. Check out ifixit.com for a how-to.

KenAllen07
May 4, 2008, 07:35 AM
First off that must suck man. Hopefully all your data was previously backed up. And another, why would you walk around with a powerful magnet in your pocket :p

Did you try to do a hardware test using your HW test cd? Maybe the head got f'd up and scratched the platter. But doesn't a failing hdd just give the blinking "?" at start up? Anyone know if that magnet could have screwed up anything else? Good luck replacing the hdd, it'll be a long process. Check out ifixit.com for a how-to.

I have no idea why I was stupid enough to put the magnet in my pocket and then put my laptop on my lap.

I already had the laptop all apart, so it'll not be a problem anymore taking it back apart.