Dreaded flashing question mark folder

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by andrealeal21, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. andrealeal21 macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I'm new so I'm hoping I'm not posting this in the wrong section.

    So a few weeks ago I was skyping when my macbook pro (I think it's a late '11 model) froze and I had no choice but to force its shut down. I restarted it and got the awful flashing question mark folder. I tried to do Internet recovery, but when tried to reinstall the OS it showed no disk.

    I did my reading and guessed it was probably the hard drive cable that was failing. I just moved to Mexico city, so I really have no clue where to get new parts, but I managed to find a used cable to replace mine.

    I replaced it, and when I turned on my MBP, it took a bit to load, but everything was working as I left it. All the programs I was running when it failed, were opened, all my chrome tabs as I left them... all my files intact, etc.

    I was reaaaally excited, and I left for work. I didn't come back home until the next night, and when I tried to turn it on, there it was, that stupid folder with the question mark. I restarted the mb a few times until it worked again, but then again, it froze and I had to shut it down. Now I get the folder again and again, even when I reinstalled the cable a few times, and even tried my old cable too.

    So my question is: if all my files were intact and the hd seemed to be running just fine - not slow or anything- should I suspect I need yet another cable? or could it be that the HDD is at fault? Or maybe even the logic board?

    I hope you can help me, cause I am pretty ignorant of these topics. Actually, this is my first time ever handling with hardware repairs.

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. acctman macrumors 6502a

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    could be the hard drive or logic board failing... a complete hardware diagnostic test must be done to find out where the problem is at.
     
  3. andrealeal21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your response. How can I perform a complete hardware diagnostic test??

    Thanks again :)
     
  4. acctman macrumors 6502a

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    if i'm not mistaken Apple Genius usually run this test ( http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257 ) 3 times to confirm a problem. My friend currently has the same problem on her macbook pro. they ran that test and said either Bracket ($65) or Logic Board ($190) maybe the problem. she doesn't have apple care which sucks.
     
  5. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    By far the most likely culprit is a drive failure.
     

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