Folder with ? mark; external drive, please advise!

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  1. iksnoved25, Apr 19, 2011
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    iksnoved25 macrumors newbie

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    So I got the folder with ? mark upon reboot.

    Stats bout my mac... 10.6.?? ; 2.26 GHz ; 4gigs RAM ; Seagate Olympus 500gb HD, 5400rpm - Windows 7 bootcamp on separate partition ; purchased Dec 25, 2009. Just recently replaced battery back in January '11.

    I was using google chrome, closed my laptop to watch a movie, then opened it back up and it (Chrome) froze up a couple times. I forced quit it, opened it back up, froze again...however this time the entire computer froze up. Forced Restart by holding in power button, then got the notorious Folder with flashing ? Mark. I have read that the problem can either be a Logic Board, or a Dead Hard Drive...but keep reading, this hard drive works fine externally.

    I tried all the steps, holding down ALT Key ; shift key ; c key ; booting with the install cd and running disk utility to search for the boot drive...NONE of which worked.

    I removed my 500gb Hard drive (purchased in January) from inside my Mac, replaced with original 160 gb drive and swapped the 500 into the external enclosure. Mac Booted fine with 160. Heres the kicker...the 500gig showed up when it was attached to computer. I restarted, and even booted MacOSX from the External (500) with no problems. It seems the problem is when the 500 is trying to boot from inside the MBP.

    I cloned (using SUPER DUPER) the 500 to another external HD (ie: External to External). Booted fine from the new clone. I am currently using WINCLONE ISO of the bootcamp...and attempt to Wipe, reformat, and then RE-Clone to the 500 to see if that does anything.

    If anyone has any suggestions I am up for anything. I feel im going the right way about this (cloning 500, then reformatting and cloning back to it)...but who knows.

    Thanks advance everyone!

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    Re-Cloning from the other external to the 500 HD did not work either? Im considering a fresh install of MacOSX while 500 is connected externally, replacing it internally and seeing if hopefully it will boot then.

    Any Tips please? Next week is finals week and I really need my laptop.
     
  2. iksnoved25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. G-Money macrumors member

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    You probably already tried this, but just in case: after putting the 500GB back in, did you try resetting the PRAM?

    I have had similar issues to you after mucking around with changing drives in my MBP, and I was going to say that you may have damaged something inside until I saw that it boots fine from the 160GB. The fact that, even booting from the disk, it's not recognizing the 500GB when it's internal is troublesome.

    If resetting the PRAM doesn't work, I would just go with reformatting the 500GB when it's external, doing a fresh install of OS X, then migrating from the other external to the 500GB.

    Good luck
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Can you boot into windows? If so, try redesignating the boot drive to be the osx partition
     
  5. iksnoved25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I tried resetting the PRAM, and the SMC...still none work. I reformatted the 500 and then put it back inside MBP to install OSX to a freshly cleaned HD and still would not recognize it. I contacted Other World Computing(where I got it from) and they are processing a return for me. I figure Id be safer with just getting it replaced. Im just kinda pissed about this being the end of the semester and needing Windows for my C++ class.
     
  6. iksnoved25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I wasnt. My macbook wouldnt recognize that the drive was even inside the computer. Also, I wasnt able to boot it while it was in the external.
     
  7. tcphoto macrumors 6502a

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    The manual is a great wealth of information. You will find that your computer is confused about the system software and it requires that you reinstall from the OS DVD.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I had that happen with my old drive where it wasn't even recognized

    Ended up buying a new hard drive
     

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