black macbook 13" not booting up...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bpenny15, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. bpenny15 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2012
    My 5 year old Macbook that hs NEVER had any issues suddenly made a humming sound while using it and froze. I eventually had to hold down the power button to shut it down. When I restarted it, that humming noise continued as it was trying to boot up, the noise then shorted out and died. My Mac began flashing the grey folder icon with the question mark and won't do anything else. I have read a past forum and it was concluded that it was a dead hard drive. My concern is that i will not be able to retrieve all the info. On that hard drive (5 long years worth) and that because my MacBook is so old that I won't be able to get help from Apple. Please inquire!
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The noise could have been the hard drive's bearings freezing up. It's likely that there is no way to get the data off of it.

    Apple should be able to help you or at least confirm that the hard drive is totally dead. If it is dead, a new hard drive is not expensive and easy to install.

    Do you have another Mac and a FireWire cable?
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Have you tried any of these steps?

    As for getting a new HDD:
    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)

    As for getting data off from it, once you get a new HDD, if the boot steps listed earlier don't work, also get an external enclosure for 2.5" S-ATA HDDs, USB 2.0 ones cost around 10 to 20 €. Then put the old HDD inside and see, if you can retrieve data off it.

    Also think about investing in another external HDD to backup your data.

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