Drive going dead on me

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Texas_Toast, May 3, 2017.

  1. Texas_Toast macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2016
    This is related to

    I have an old 2012 MBP and have been running off an external HDD since last summer when the cable on my internal HDD melted in the hot Texas sun!

    Over the last several months, at random times I will be working on my computer and applications will start giving me the "Rainbow wheel of death".

    When I look at the light on my external encolusre, it is always solid green, meaning that nothing is being sent/received from my computer.

    I have to do a hard shutdown, and then things seem to be okay.

    In the past I just assumed that I bumped the USB cable enough to cause a hiccup in the data flow, and that somehow made OSX die on me.

    (I have never liked how USB ports were designed because they ALWAYS feel sloppy to me.)

    So this weekend I formatted and cloned my first ever EVO850 1TB SSD and go that working.

    Well, last night I was working on my laptop after work, and everythingw as okay, and right as I was finishing up some work before bed, I noticed I couldn't save anything. The green light on my external enclosure with SSD now in it was solid green, and yep, my old MBP was frozen again.


    Clearly this can't be a bad HDD and SSD based on what I'm seeing.

    Do I have a bad external enclosure?

    Do I have a bad USB cable?

    Do I have a bad USB port in my aging MBP?

    Is there something wrong with the internals of my MBP? (I believe I literally melted my HDD cable this summer when I was running my laptop in 120 degree weather outside at the park...)

    Any ideas what is going on?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "Any ideas what is going on?"

    You mentioned this thread:

    And I replied with ideas in THIS post in that same thread:

    And you ignored it -- never replied to it.

    I suggest that you go back and reread it, and perhaps take the advice, to wit:
    1. Take the MacBook to an Apple Store and see if they'll replace the ribbon cable (they have a free replacement program due to the fact these are defective
    2. Ask them to install the SSD when they re-assemble the MacBook. If they're willing to do that, you might ask for an OS install as well (not sure if they'll do this).
    3. If they WON'T put the SSD in, PUT IT IN YOURSELF. It's easy.

    I predict that once you do this YOUR PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yep, Fisherman codn't be more right -- albeit a little blunt. It's certainly the HDD cable, the failure rate is very high on them and Apple have a free silent repair program for it.
  4. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2016
    Thank you.

    Not by choice.

    I apologize for not responding, but I got distracted with what I thought was a solution and forgot to respond.


    On a 5 year old MBP??

    I bought an internal cable, but I bought it for my HDD, and assumed this weekend it wouldn't work on my new SSD.

    I am just trying to get this laptop to last me until I can switch to my new Retina MBP.

    I do not want to change the OS on this old MBP.

    To me, it sure seems like a hardware issue with my a.) External Enclosure, b.) USB cable, or c.) USB port.

    I was using my laptop at the park this Summer and it was at least 110 F outside.

    I also don't have a/c in my car.

    I do not leave my laptop sitting in my parked car, but in Txas heat, your computer runs hot even if you are in the shade or inside.

    Another "it was what it was" situation in my life, juts like my dad's situation... *sigh*
    --- Post Merged, May 3, 2017 ---
    I don't think I was clear in my other thread or this thread...

    - My internal HDD cable died this summer.
    - I removed my internal HDD
    - I dicked with my data for 10 days and got things recovered (mostly)
    - Since then I have been running an old clone HDD in an external USB HDD enclosure
    - There is no internal HDD in my MBP - it is an empty shell!!
    - I thought the new cable I bought would only work on a HDD
    - If so, then that won't help, because my HDD is clicking
    - If the cable would work on my new SSD as well, then I can try installing both myself. (I am not afraid of taking my MBP apart)
    - As far as my current issue, I say it is either the circuit board on the external enclosure is failing - maybe also from last summer's Texas heat, or the USB cable is faulty, or the USB ports on my old MBP are flacky.


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