Getting the dreaded flashing question mark no matter what I do

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Kevncity, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Kevncity macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    I have a 13" macbook purchased 2007 just out of the extended protection plan this summer. Last night while watching a video in full screen it froze with the beach ball for over 20 minutes with no sign of stopping. I had my external WD drive hooked up which is my iTunes drive (only). I had to manually shutdown the computer (with external still hooked up) After trying to reboot I got the flashing question mark and continue to get it no matter what I do.
    I've removed the external drive, reset the PRAM, tried booting in safe mode, tried booting from installation disc but my hard drive doesn't even appear in disk utility. Not sure what else I can try as nothing has worked. Any words of wisdom out there? Thanks for any help you can give!
  2. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hard drive is dead bud.

    Your gonna have to get yourself a new drive.
  3. Kevncity thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    How much does that cost to replace? My hard drive was a 120 gig.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Depends on if you do it yourself
    Plenty of video guides out there

    I recommend buying from Other World Computing, getting the size and brand you want and doing it yourself
    Be sure to have the right tools and follow their video instructions
  5. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    Very simple actually. Just need a small screw driver.

    Here is the tutorial. Hope thats your macbook if not just find the right model on

    Here is a hard drive (42$)

    Really you can choose whatever drive you want and $. Just make sure its SATA and 2.5", size can be 40gb to 1TB really...
  6. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    That probably still has the removable battery. If that's the case, replacing the hard drive can literally be done in about 5 minutes with a tiny eyeglasses screwdriver. If you can afford it, I would definitely look for an SSD. It will breath a whole new life into that Macbook.
  7. Kevncity thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    Thanks for all of the info. Now what exactly is the SSD and why is it so great. Where can I find that online? Once I install a new drive do I have to format it so it is recognized by the computer. This would be my first time replacing the hard drive so just want to be sure about doing this right.
  8. mannix87 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2005
    in the southeast
    happened to my MB (bought early 2006) last year while on a business trip. had it replaced by an authorized apple reseller, paid US$120 for the new hard drive & installation. MB works like new.
  9. esadb macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2008
    SSD is a Solid State Drive. Layman terms.. its gonna be a lot faster than your current hard drive, and your gonna see a noticeable different in speed. Now mind your their a bit more $$.

    Anyone of these is a SSD. state&Page=1&PageSize=20

    Its a simple procedure. Install hard drive. Close macbook. Put the install disc in (OSX) then follow this

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