Internal Hard Drive Failure Help!?

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  1. Andrew92196, Mar 8, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015

    Andrew92196 macrumors newbie

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    So a few weeks ago I was trying to restore my MacBook Pro. After it restarted I wasn't able to reinstall OS X because it wouldn't let me select the Hard Drive. So eventually I got a My Passport to run OS X on it. But I can't get my Internal Hard Drive to work anymore. If you can help me fix this that would be great. Ive included some pictures that could possibly help with this.

    Failed Hard Drive??
    Tried booting MacBook Pro all that shows is a Folder with a Question mark.
    Holding Command + R to boot into recovery. Disk Utility shows Internal Hard drive as “Media”
    DISK UTILITY SHOWS
    Disk Description MEDIA
    Connection Bus SATA
    Connection Type INTERNAL
    Total Capacity 0 Bytes
    Write Status READ/WRITE
    S.M.A.R.T. Status NOT SUPPORTED
    Partition Map Scheme UNFORMATTED

    Got an External Hard Drive
    Installed OS X on it, MacBooks Pro runs fine
    Look in Disk Utility to try and erase and restore Internal Hard Drive
    Internal Hard Drive (Media) everything is grayed out.
    Can’t use First Aid, Erase, Partition, Raid, or Restore Tab.
    Go into terminal
    Tried diskutil unmountDisk disk0
    Unmount of all volumes on disk0 was successful
    Then do sudo diskutil eraseDisk HFS+ Media disk0
    Started erase on disk0
    Unmounting disk
    Error: -69825: Wiping volume data to prevent future accidental probing failed

    Try erasing the disk with the different diskutil commands no luck
    Then I find sudo fdisk –e /dev/disk0
    fdisk: could not open MBR file /usr/standalone/i386/boot0: No such file or directory
    The signature for this MBR is invalid.
    Would you like to initialize the partition table? [y] y
    Enter 'help' for information
    fdisk:*1> print
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 0/4/63 [0 sectors]
    Offset: 0 Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    fdisk:*1> abort

    THEN do the same thing with my internal hard drive disk
    sudo fdisk -e /dev/disk1
    fdisk: could not open MBR file /usr/standalone/i386/boot0: No such file or directory
    Enter 'help' for information
    fdisk: 1> print
    Disk: /dev/disk1 geometry: 121597/255/63 [1953458176 sectors]
    Offset: 0 Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 1953458175] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    fdisk: 1> abort

    THEN I go back
    sudo fdisk -e /dev/disk1
    fdisk: could not open MBR file /usr/standalone/i386/boot0: No such file or directory
    Enter 'help' for information
    fdisk: 1> print
    Disk: /dev/disk1 geometry: 121597/255/63 [1953458176 sectors]
    Offset: 0 Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 1 - 1953458175] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    fdisk: 1> abort
    Andrews-MacBook-Pro:~ AndrewHarris$ sudo fdisk -e /dev/disk0
    fdisk: could not open MBR file /usr/standalone/i386/boot0: No such file or directory
    The signature for this MBR is invalid.
    Would you like to initialize the partition table? [y] y
    Enter 'help' for information
    fdisk:*1> edit 1
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    Partition id ('0' to disable) [0 - FF]: [0] (? for help) EE
    Do you wish to edit in CHS mode? [n] y
    BIOS Starting cylinder [0 - 4294967295]: [0] 1023
    BIOS Starting head [0 - 3]: [0] 254
    '254' is out of range.
    BIOS Starting head [0 - 3]: [0] 254
    '254' is out of range.
    BIOS Starting head [0 - 3]: [0] 1
    BIOS Starting sector [1 - 63]: [0] 63
    BIOS Ending cylinder [0 - 4294967295]: [0] 1023
    BIOS Ending head [0 - 3]: [0] 1
    BIOS Ending sector [1 - 63]: [0] 63
    fdisk:*1> print
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 0/4/63 [0 sectors]
    Offset: 0 Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 257921 - 1] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    fdisk:*1> disk
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 0/4/63 [0 sectors]
    Change disk geometry? [n] y
    BIOS Cylinders [1 - 1024]: [0] 1023
    BIOS Heads [1 - 256]: [4] 254
    BIOS Sectors [1 - 63]: [63] 63
    fdisk:*1> write
    Writing MBR at offset 0.
    fdisk: 1> print
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 1023/254/63 [16370046 sectors]
    Offset: 0 Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: EE 1023 254 63 - 1023 254 63 [ 257921 - 1] <Unknown ID>
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    fdisk: 1> quit
    THEN I TYPE IN TERMINAL
    sudo fdisk -e /dev/disk0
    fdisk: could not open MBR file /usr/standalone/i386/boot0: No such file or directory
    The signature for this MBR is invalid.
    Would you like to initialize the partition table? [y] y
    Enter 'help' for information
    fdisk:*1> print
    Disk: /dev/disk0 geometry: 0/4/63 [0 sectors]
    Offset: 0 Signature: 0xAA55
    Starting Ending
    #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size]
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    2: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    3: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    4: 00 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 [ 0 - 0] unused
    fdisk:*1>
     

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  2. ibuyufo macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Go to this place and buy this

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX100...TF8&qid=1425842021&sr=8-3&keywords=500+gb+ssd

    Wait for it to come in, take a small screw driver and unscrew the bottom of your macbook pro. Take out screws from the plastic bar and carefully remove it. Now the next step requires you to be super duper extra careful when removing the drive from the cable as you don't want to break that cable!
    Replace the drive and put everything back in reverse order.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Boston
    #3
    You need to replace the drive, if it failed and from the sounds of your post it has failed. I'd look to find a replacement, perhaps (depending on your model and upgrade plans) its time to switch to a SSD.
     
  4. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

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    #4
    Please, please think yourself lucky (I hope!). The fact that you were restoring suggests that you have a backup of all your data. Recovering the data can be either more costly than an entire new machine or completely impossible.

    I would not trust the drive as far as I can throw it, even if you can get it running again. Use the opportunity to get a SSD, and reap the benefits. Even if money is short, just get a small one and external 1-2TB USB powered drives are dirt cheap at the moment.
     
  5. MacRobert10 macrumors 6502

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    #5
    You have damage at the startup of the drive. Been there, done that.

    I had a drive with the exact same sorts of problems. Nothing would mount it but diskutil could at least tell it was a drive. I used this thing to test it:

    http://scsc-online.com/Scannerz.html

    When I started Scannerz it showed as what they call a "null drive" which means unrecognized/strange OS/never formatted etc. etc. Just the drive shows up in the list of drives with no volumes underneath it. I scanned it as a primary drive and it immediately started getting about a gigabyte's worth of errors.

    I was hoping maybe I could fix it somehow using some of the very techniques you used but it was hopeless.
     

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