Do the Apple Store people know what theyre doing to my MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Slingshot777, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Slingshot777 macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    1st post. I have a 2008 MBP running straight up leopard. Runs very fast, very few problems w it. But a year ago today I began having a problem- the computer would start, go to the white apple screen w the spinning wheel for ab 20 seconds, then shut off. The guy took it for a day, reinstalled leopard, and actually saved all of my data. He pretty much rocks

    Today I brought it in for the same exact problem. 100% the same. The guy tells me first off that he's gotta re-format the HD thus erasing my data. I said fine get on w it. Then he says the HD failed and I gotta buy a new one. :confused:

    The problem both today and a year ago were seemingly the same. Safeboot didnt work, booting from disk didnt work, fsck didnt do a thing etc. Why is it that a year ago a guy reinstalled the OS and saved my data, but today I gotta buy a new HD? Maybe I'm suspicious because the guy was disinterested and didnt listen to half what I said. Ahem, any ideas?
  2. white.noise macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2011
    Save your money, don't but a new hard drive, but buy a new computer to save you all your troubles in the future
  3. Slingshot777 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    That doesn't help me at all.. The hard drive failed because my dad ordered me an extra battery off ebay that dies at 37% evertyime. The first time it died i thought it was a fluke, second time I knew it wass the battery. So it basically got unplugged and didnt shut down properly. Thats what I think happened at least or else it was a big coincidence that it failed right after the battery failed...

    Point is, the computer is fine. I'm gonna upgrade to mountain lion I think so it'll be a bit more stable when I get it back
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario

    serious? you think because a problem seems the same its 100% the same?

    the problem your describing can be bad Ram, bad hard drive, bad OSX install, lose cables, just to name a few, im sure there is about 20 other reasons that would cause you mbp to behave the way it is
  5. Sirolway macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    1. Do what Apple recommend & buy a new hard disk - they're cheap so why not.

    2. While you're at it, get a real Apple battery to prevent any chance of that being part of the problem

    3. Think twice about installing Lion / Mountain Lion on a 2008 machine ... it might run a whole lot slower. That being said, as long as you have the Leopard disks you can always revert. Use CarbonCopy cloner to have images of each version so you can easily revert.
  6. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    The real question seems to be do you know what you're doing with your MBP?

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