Did My Hard Drive Fail or Can I Restore?

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

  1. shabbelle macrumors newbie


    Jul 27, 2011
    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?

  2. remorseless macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    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.
    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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