So apparently the hard drive in my mid-2009 MacBook Pro is near death. I was having troubles with it the other night and after restarting it I received a kernel panic, basically "unable to find driver for this platform ACPI". You can see the full screen at http://i.imgur.com/DHFg9PUh.jpg I tried going into Recover mode and using Disk Utility to verify/repair to see what would happen. I forget exactly what happened when i first ran it, but now I get a message that it can't be repaired. Example screen here: http://i.imgur.com/O57e6NBh.jpg At one point when I booted into single user mode (or was it verbose mode?) I received "SATA warning: enable auto-activate failed". Usually running fsck doesn't have good results. Here's the screen from the last time I did that in single user mode: http://i.imgur.com/C6S2gCph.jpg When I try to boot into Safe mode it eventually gets about 1/5 of the way through the progress bar and then shuts down. This drive is about 6 years old and has been used a lot (and didn't have lots of space on it left, I know..) so I'm not surprised it's having troubles. I'm confused though what I my next steps should be. - Would something like Disk Warrior conceivably be able to repair any corruption or other issues? - Am I able to use the Reinstall OS X feature in the Utilities section of Recovery to install a new copy of Mavericks? Would that just be a waste of time even if I can do that? - I don't have access to other macs and only have the original 10.6 install DVD. Would I need to install 10.6, update to 10.6.8 and then re-download Mavericks (or higher)? - I realize the current contents on the drive may be toast. I have a time machine backup from a few months ago. - I currently have no bootable external drive/device. - I was going to ask if there are any files I can modify while in single-user mode that may help, but when I try to mount the drive I get errors: http://i.imgur.com/U2QIhPul.jpg - Ideally I'll replace this dead-ish drive with a ssd, although I'm still wrapping my head around exactly what kind I need. (i.e. do most ship with the spacer? How do I format it once installed and put on the OS as I think I can't use internet Recovery? Would something like the crucial MX200 500GB 2.5" ssd work in this machine? I have the screwdriver for the back screws and also a T6 for the drive.) Specifically, it's a MBP 13.3" 2.53Ghz, 8GB ram, 250 GB HD - MB991LL/A thanks. sad face.