Cousin took a magnet to my MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mg2090, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. mg2090 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Hi all

    I have an early 2010 MBP that was running SL. Recently, my cousin was playing with magnets (not hugely powerful but imagine 10 of them being daisy chained) near my computer and the laptop shut itself off while I was away. When I restarted the machine, a clicking noise was heard from around the trackpad region and a flashing question mark came up on the screen.

    I tried to reboot with the option key held down and tried to do the internet recovery but there is no drive I can repair/reinstall to. I don't have the original SL install that came with the computer at the moment. The clicking noise is heard every time I start up the machine.

    Any ideas if the hard drive is screwed or if it's just gone magnetic for a while and should be sorted if I leave the machine at peace?

  2. sevimli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2007
    Sorry, but I would say your HDD is gone. Did you have back ups? Hope you have, then you can upgrade your HDD to a SSD...
  3. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    But more importantly, where did you dump the body?
  4. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2012
  5. mg2090 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    I have backups so I'm not concerned about the data as much as the physical state of the HDD. I read somewhere that the HDD reader can get temporarily magnetized and the charge can be removed by removing the battery. Unfortunately I have a unibody so guess that's not an option.

    I'm in India at the moment for a month so I guess I'll be taking it to one of Apple's resellers since there are no stores here :(
  6. FWRN macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Well the Macbook does usually go in standby if a magnet is close to certain areas. Umm, but if it's a clicking noise, it's probably that you're HDD is dead.
  7. mg2090 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Right, so when I get a new HDD how do I get OSX back on? Would I still be able to download Mountain Lion?

    I was wondering if there is an alternative?
  8. sth macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    The old world
    Install the new hard drive, then use internet recovery to reinstall the OS.
  9. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    I once watched my roommate put a magnet up against his Dell laptop's HDD and it shut off instantly as well. His machine worked fine on reboot, but the drive died shortly thereafter. He claims that putting a HDD in a freezer for awhile fixes it, but I don't know...

    To get Lion back on the hard drive, you can make your own installer thumb drive or go in to the Apple store and ask them to install it (though they may only do ML at this point).
  10. themumu macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2011
    The freezer trick is real, but the only thing it's good for is to bring the disk to life for a short while to recover data.
  11. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    That's nice to know.
  12. Xerotech macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    You can call Apple Support and they'll said your original discs, but it'll cost $15.
    I would buy ML and make a usb stick.
    Removal of the HDD is simple, take the bottom plate off and there'll be a black bracket holding the HDD in. Simply remove the screws and pop the SATA calbe out.
  13. mg2090 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Is there any way of making sure it is my hdd that is the problem? I don't want to buy one and later discover something else has gone wrong.

    I ran the apple hardware test from the Internet and it only seemed to test the main logic board and the memory. Then it reports everything as normal with no mention of the hard drive. I'm gonna try the freezer trick to see if it gets a jump start for a bit but any other ideas to determine that this is the true problem?
  14. tninety macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
  15. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    the hard drive is the only thing it can be based on your descriptions

    magnets kill hard drives have you never seen breaking bad;)
  16. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
  17. mg2090 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    right, I've ordered a new HDD. Just one more thing. I've downloaded Mountain Lion from a friend's computer and copied the files off it. However, he has left and I don't have access to a mac for a while. Is there anyway to make the usb from a windows computer?
  18. arashb macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2009
    Well the real fix is to put a magnet on the opposite side and so it pulls from the other side and evens out :D.

    You need it to be GPT I believe, which is impossible with Windows. You can, however, run a live Linux and create it using Linux.
  19. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    You might also be able to download an ISO of a bittorrent site and burn that to disk (you will need a double layer one though).
  20. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    I'd start with putting those magnets to my cousins head.
  21. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yup I have in fact recovered data from a failed drive by freezing it.
  22. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Run a magnet over his head, see if the same thing happens.
  23. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    It sounds like you've already ordered a replacement, but I believe you can run an extended test that will more thoroughly test everything. It is possible that the HD just isn't showing up at all anymore and since the test software can't see it, it isn't running those tests.
  24. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Waiting to the follow up thread: "I took an ax handle to my cousin's a$$":p

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