Hi all- haven't posted in awhile but can use some help. I also have searched here and the web but can't draw a conclusion. I will keep it short and concise as possible. So here is the backstory- Mid 2009 13" MBP. Worked fine all this time. No new programs loaded recently. Working and surfing the web and hard drive is "missing". Can't save my work or do anything else. Shutdown and restart to the flashing folder icon. Reset Pram, tried to boot safe mode, took hard drive out to see if cable was loose from drive to board, tried to use snow leopard disk to run first aid but hard drive is not showing. So at this point I suspect the cable went bad since this is a common problem or HDD is dying. Today, after a day of rest, comp boots and seems fine. Quickly back up as many of my newer files then run disk utility. Says disk is fine. Repair permissions and seems no issue. Then comp starts acting funny. Can't search n the Internet and safari reboots constantly, fan seems to be getting louder and hotter, blue screen appears with only safari and activity monitor now in dock- comp doesn't work. Shut down, get the "no" sign (circle with a slash)- shut down and try to boot into safe mode with no luck-no sign stays on screen with spinning gear nonstop- boot into single user mode (think that's it) - boots a black screen with info about boot- comp stalls and says "still waiting for root device" over and over again without getting past that screen. Trying to boot again but just get the no sign, and extremely hot comp, and a spinning gear. Oh- before it's second shutdown- I suspected something was wrong since the comp was getting warm for no reason so I opened activity monitor. Most CPU was used on something called "syslogd". It hit 103% at one point! So- based off this- what do you guys think? I was about to order a new HDD cable to see if that was the fault but I'm starting to wonder if this is truly the problem. I was also think getting an external for the HDD to see if it's truly the problem. I looked online and similar problems seem to say that the HDD can be the problem along with a faultylogic board. Thanks everyone.