Did My Hard Drive Fail or Can I Restore?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by shabbelle, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. shabbelle macrumors newbie

    shabbelle

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    Want to confirm actual Hard Drive Failure before buying another (in case I just needed to be more tech saavy in fixing this issue).

    A friend gave me their MacBook running Tiger 10.4 cause it crashed.

    Installation CD does not recognize the HD and all options grayed out so I cannot erase and restore. S.M.A.R.T. status says "Not Supported". Firmware version is 3.1965.

    I tried booting up in Safe Mode but nothing. Hard Drive does not make those clicking noises so I am hopeful it is not completely fried.

    OPTIONS PLEASE? Like...A different way of booting up? (like getting a firewire and connecting it to my iMac?)

    Anyone here understand the guts of our OS X systems and can help me get this sad old MacBook to recognize its hard drive?

    THANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE! :)
     
  2. remorseless macrumors newbie

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    Not looking good

    That is not looking too hopeful. Yes, you can try a firewire (start up holding command-T), but I'm thinking your iMac will not see it. The good thing is I had a similar problem, and found Apple is doing a recall of some hard drives - you might want to look into it.
    http://www.apple.com/support/macbook/hd/repairextension/
    My advice is take it to an Apple store, and ask if you fit the bill for the recall. On the down side, Apple will not cover the data you loose- hopefully you use Time Machine??
     

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