Concern about my Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by longball11, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. longball11 macrumors 6502a

    longball11

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    I have a black Macbook from 2007. I have been concerned lately about my macbook. I thought it was the internet acting up but i am unsure at this point if it is. I would open a website with or without videos and the beach ball would just go round and round. I would have to force close safari AND google chrome when i used it. I even tried to open system preferences and it would freeze. Now, I am unsure if it's the internet because I would use my parent's iMac that is a bit younger than my macbook and the videos and sites work fine. They do not crash.
    I'm concerned because I cant get to what I want and there are important things on my computer that involve work including resume, etc.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

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    Definitely make a backup immediately. It sounds like your hard drive may be dying, so I'd get all your important stuff off there as quickly as possible
     
  3. movieboy23 macrumors regular

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    I would echo what alust2013 said. Definitely sounds like a failing hard drive, so be sure to backup everything ASAP. Your best bet would be to boot the machine into Target Disk Mode and connect it via FireWire to a separate Mac, then run a terminal command to force the failing drive to copy all its contents to a separate drive. Instructions on how to do that can be found here.

    After that, take it into an Apple Store and if the hard drive is indeed failing/gone, you can simply buy a new one and drag and drop your files from the backup after you've reinstalled the OS on the new drive.
     

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