Both white MacBooks won't start, within a week of each other

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  1. nikiwantsadane macrumors newbie

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    We have a 3 year old white MacBook and a 4 year old white MacBook. First out 4 year old white MacBook wouldnt turn on past the startup screen. Then turned on after letting it sit turned off for a day. Then a week later, our 3 year old white MacBook wouldn't turn on past the startup screen.

    What is going on? Why did this happen to both computers within a week of each other? They are used by different users. When taken to the Mac shop, they told us the insides of the computer are healthy. One of the computers he thought it might be a problem in the root directory.

    Any idea why they both broke at once? Is there a connection because of the age of the computers?
     
  2. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    most likely hard drives.

    Use a SMART utility. Drives are probably failing. Check for pending sectors.

    Just coincidence they both are having issues..
     
  3. nikiwantsadane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What is a smart utility and where do I find one?
     
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Boot from your original disc(or a backup clone). Find Disc Utility and you can check your internal drive from there.
     
  5. nikiwantsadane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The disk drive is broken as well :/ thanks for the advice though.
     

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