A glitch in Lion? Had to reformat before drive would mount again

Jessica Lares

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Oct 31, 2009
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
This morning I rebooted my MacBook Pro. It started trying to load a firmware update, which of course didn't exist because there wasn't one to begin with. So it hanged and sat there at 0% for about five minutes until I restarted it.

Then, it booted to the spinning indicator. Then I restarted it again, the Apple logo, then nothing.

I went into the Disk Utility app in the recovery, Macintosh HD was gray and it wouldn't mount until I erased the partition. It wouldn't let me repair or verify permissions.

I then proceeded to reinstall OS X. The download took two hours, 20 minutes to install. A nightmare.

Has anyone had this happen in Lion particularly?
 

heisenberg123

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Oct 31, 2010
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Hamilton, Ontario
i had similar issue found i had faulty RAM, tested the ram with memtest and sure enough it failed the test put my original RAM back in and havnt had any issues since
 

Tinchohs

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Mar 5, 2007
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Uruguay
i had similar issue found i had faulty RAM, tested the ram with memtest and sure enough it failed the test put my original RAM back in and havnt had any issues since
I had exactly the same issue, yet after running memtest for 3 very long passes nothing was detected. I had to format the drive and reinstall Lion from a Time Machine backup. Yet, even after this I get some instances where the machine will not boot. I can turn it off and when I restart usually will boot. I did get rid of the 'firmware' like bar.
 

benthewraith

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May 27, 2006
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Miami, FL
I had exactly the same issue, yet after running memtest for 3 very long passes nothing was detected. I had to format the drive and reinstall Lion from a Time Machine backup. Yet, even after this I get some instances where the machine will not boot. I can turn it off and when I restart usually will boot. I did get rid of the 'firmware' like bar.
Have you had your logic board checked out?