Does she have dead HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smallnshort247, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2010
    My friend is at UVA and having MacBook Pro problems. So apparently she did a system update (she's running lion) and once the computer was done and did a reboot, it never got past the gray screen with the Apple logo and spinning circle (stays on that screen for more than 50 minutes). Personally I think her hard drive is dead

    We also did a lot of things like trying to repair the hard drive, holding down a bunch of keys while booting, etc. Nothing really worked.

    Do you guys have any idea as to what the issue may be? If it is the hard drive, I can fix that for her without a problem. Thanks!
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Put the machine in target disk "T" mode and backup what you can. Then use the hopefully successfully created recovery partition "R" to reformat and reinstall.

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