Late-2011 MacBook Pro w/ SSD getting flashing question mark folder

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cschreppel, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. cschreppel macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Yes, I know what the flashing folder icon means, but here are the rest of the details:

    • Getting flashing question mark folder ONLY when my machine is idling for random periods of time, i.e.: I leave the machine on overnight, go to work, come home and find the flashing question mark folder.
    • Using an OWC 3G SSD
    • Started happening after upgrading to Yosemite, which is also up-to-date.
    • This happens whether or not the machine, hard disks, and display go to sleep or are up 24/7 - I've tested each combination of each of those settings.
    • Still happens even after wiping the drive and reinstalling a fresh copy of the OS.
    • I've done the usual PRAM, SMC resets, Verify and Repair disks and permissions, etc.

    Any ideas?

    Here's the error code after force shutting down and rebooting:

    Anonymous UUID: 0DDD0FDC-AED8-03FB-D74D-1F173A82E7E3

    Tue Jan 6 19:59:30 2015

    *** Panic Report ***
    panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff80049c4594): "launchd died\nState at Last Exception:\n\n"@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-2782.1.97/bsd/kern/kern_exit.c:361
    Backtrace (CPU 2), Frame : Return Address
    0xffffff81ee623e50 : 0xffffff800453a811
    0xffffff81ee623ed0 : 0xffffff80049c4594
    0xffffff81ee623f40 : 0xffffff80049c425c
    0xffffff81ee623f50 : 0xffffff8004a4dcb2
    0xffffff81ee623fb0 : 0xffffff800463ac46

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: launchd

    Mac OS version:

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 14.0.0: Fri Sep 19 00:26:44 PDT 2014; root:xnu-2782.1.97~2/RELEASE_X86_64
    Kernel UUID: 89E10306-BC78-3A3B-955C-7C4922577E61
    Kernel slide: 0x0000000004200000
    Kernel text base: 0xffffff8004400000
    __HIB text base: 0xffffff8004300000
    System model name: MacBookPro8,1 (Mac-94245B3640C91C81)

    System uptime in nanoseconds: 84776929641398
    last loaded kext at 4022070710428: 3.5.0 (addr 0xffffff7f86cf4000, size 16384)
    last unloaded kext at 4095528139136: 3.5.0 (addr 0xffffff7f86ceb000, size 8192)
    loaded kexts:
    com.paceap.kext.pacesupport.snowleopard 5.9.1
    com.karios.driver.DuetDisplay 1
    com.digidesign.iokit.DigiDal 10.3.7f41
    com.uaudio.driver.UAD2System 7.11.1 3.5.0 85.3 3.0 1.9.5d0 100.14.37 1.70 4.3.1f2 1 124 267.0 267.0 1.0.1 7.0.0 170.4.12 1 1.0.0 4.3.1f2 1.7.3 2.0.4d1 3.7.21 2.0.2 1 1.0.0 3.6.1 1.2.10 3.0.4d1 10.0.0 10.0.0 240.2 240.2 327.5 1.0.0d1 1.0.0d1 35 3.7.0 404 2.6.5 705.4.1 1.6.5 10.1.2b3 5.5.2 800.20.24 3.0.7 705.4.14 161.0.0 2.0 3.1 1.8 2.1 3.1 1.7 218.0.0 161 3 8 218.0.0 3.7.0 2.5.1 4.2.5 175.5 4.3.1f2 260.30 1.0 3.7.21 11 267.0 1.15 97 4.3.1f2 4.3.1f2 267.0 267.0 2.2.6 1.0.12d1 1.1.0 3.7.21 705.4.0 1.0.0 5.8.0d49 1.0.13d1 3.1.9 200.6 1.2.0 2.4.1 2.4.1 245.2 705.4.0 705.4.0 705.4.9 4.0.6 4.0.6 2.0.2 2.0.2 471 3.7.0 1.7 1.7.1 1.7.1 2.6.1 3.7.0 3.1.7 4.2.1 1.0.3b3 4.5.6 700.52 1.0.1b8 3.2 2.7.0 705.4.14 2.0 2.0 2.0.0 1.1 300.0 1.0.0d1 2 1.0.5 1.0 389.1 2.0 31 28.30 3.1 2.9 1.4 1.0 1 1
    Model: MacBookPro8,1, BootROM MBP81.0047.B27, 2 processors, Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 16 GB, SMC 1.68f99
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Built-In, 512 MB
    Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 8 GB, DDR3, 1333 MHz, 0x857F, 0x483634314755363746393333334700000000
    Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 8 GB, DDR3, 1333 MHz, 0x857F, 0x483634314755363746393333334700000000
    AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0xD6), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (
    Bluetooth: Version 4.3.1f2 15015, 3 services, 27 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
    Network Service: Wi-Fi, AirPort, en1
    Serial ATA Device: OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD, 480.1 GB
    Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-8A8
    USB Device: Hub
    USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
    USB Device: BRCM2070 Hub
    USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller
    USB Device: FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)
    USB Device: Hub
    USB Device: IR Receiver
    Thunderbolt Bus: MacBook Pro, Apple Inc., 22.1
  2. caralosdbernard, Jan 8, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 8, 2015

    caralosdbernard macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2014
    Panama City Panama
    Hi. without spending any money, check: 1. contact OWC if your model have a firmware update for that drive. 2. could be the cable that connect the ssd to the board, I did see some cases that replacing the cable fix these issue.

    Why did you add a 3G ssd on that system? Make a backup of the docs, pictures, etc folders and do a clean install, reinstall your programs and add again your data. Not time machine please. And check again.

    I have issues in my SSD at start and many of those goes away when i change the cable, and in my case i do not use trim in mine. Check all above

    if these does not work we can do another non spending cash issues. OWC have, in my cases good support and are very helpful in my cases.
  3. matt07lx macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2008
    I know this is an old thread, but did you ever figure this out? I have the exact same issue on an early 2008 Macbook Pro with a SanDisk Ultra II SSD. The computer is really hot when I get back to it, but I don't know if that's a cause of the issue or a symptom of it sitting with the error running the CPU until I get back to it. I wonder if it has something to do with the cable...
  4. treekram, May 13, 2016
    Last edited: May 13, 2016

    treekram macrumors 65832

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    Have you recently put the SanDisk in the computer and has it worked before? I would try putting the SSD in an external enclosure/docking station (best if it supports UASP) and see if you have problems there.

    (I know you said you have an early 2008 MBP, but just in case - there may be a problem with the late 2008 (unibody) MBP's and the SanDisk SSD's.)
  5. matt07lx macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2008
    I've had the SSD in the computer for almost 6 months now and 99% of the time it works fine. I've only had the flashing folder a handful of times, always when I've left the computer open for some time (usually overnight). Once I restart everything is fine and DiskUtility shows no errors with the drive. Are you suggesting that I boot the system off the SSD from an external enclosure? Since I can't predict when the error occurs, I'm not sure how helpful that would be. Plus it would be a pain to run off the incredibly slow USB in this model...any other thoughts? Is it worth the 20 bucks for a new SATA cable just to try it out?
  6. treekram macrumors 65832

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    Your more detailed explanation clears up a lot. You would only need to put the disk in the enclosure for testing purposes, not as a permanent solution. However, if you can run it from the external drive for a period of time to see if you have the same problem or not, that would help determine what's causing the problem. If that's too much of a pain, then OK.

    Do you have the same kernel panic that the OP was having (he/she had some very specific software that may have been causing the issue)? What OS version/update are you using? It appears that the original post that the OP was the last one he made here so I don't know that he'll return with an answer. Being that it is an old thread, you may have better luck starting a new thread, detailing like the problem like OP did (including a kernel panic report, if you have panics) and like you did in your post #5. If you rather get a new cable and try it out, that's OK but it only happens when waking, that's not the typical pattern for a bad cable problem based on what I've seen on the MBP forum.
  7. Oliverac87 macrumors newbie


    Mar 2, 2018
    I have exactly the same issue. With the same OWC drive but with an iMac of the same year.
    Did you solve the problem? after a period of idle time i get the folder with the question mark.


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