I think something died

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by hacklerr, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. hacklerr macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Hello there,question for the community.

    Last night my mac book (early 2009) froze and became completely unresponsive.
    I restarted it and got the grey apple screen with the forever spinning circle. I have decided to call it a loss and wipe the HD and reinstall the OS, but I have tried booting it from the DVD and when trying to wipe the HD i get a message saying the drive cannot be unmounted. As I can't access the drive I cannot see if there is anything running or what's going on.

    Also, a few notes on some strange behavior that is probably related. My mac book has not been able to restart on its own for the past month (it must be powered down by pressing the button) it also has been doing this thing where if the battery dies, it doesn't boot up after being plugged in until a few hours later.

    I'm suspecting that the HD is dead, or possibly the logic board, but i'd really like that to not be the case, any input on how to wipe the HD and reinstall the OS would be awesome, thanks!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If the HD is dead you won't be able to access it in the first place. Buy a replacement hard drive and do a clean install.
  3. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Just going off of this I would suspect a dead hard drive. Looks like it's time to purchase a new HDD.
  4. hacklerr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Quick update,

    I was able to wipe and install a new OS on the computer, but any application i launch results in the forever spinning pinwheel and the computer freezing. This includes running a software update.

    Any ideas as to what's going on would be helpful!

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