Help to get Macbook booted from CD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ranjithw, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. ranjithw macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    My Macbook stopped booting from the hard drive. I have tried to boot it from the boot CD. It recognized the CD and start booting from the CD. I get the screen with the spinning mouse point. It has been about 1 hour now.

    Any advice?
  2. crunkcrumpet macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2005
  3. ranjithw, Feb 21, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011

    ranjithw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    Thx, that worked, but it doesn't see the hard drive of the Mac when using disk utility.

    Any advice?
  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    My advice is that your HDD is most likely a goner. You could try removing it and putting it back in, and seeing if that helps. If it doesn't, it's probably shot.
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Yes. Very possible the drive is shot. But it could be readable. I've seen several where this is true. Diskwarrior might be able to rebuild the directory enough to get your data off of it.

    But, you should probably plan to go ahead and replace it.

    I've done a few of these lately. Got the data and user accounts off of most of them (old drive connected via external adapter). Installed new drive and migrated data.

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