Looking to bring an old MPB back to life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dirty moose, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. dirty moose macrumors newbie

    dirty moose

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    Hello everyone,

    I have an old MBP, I believe it's from 2009 ish. I've replaced the HD once. Since then the MBP has stopped working. I'm about 90% sure it's the HD again.

    Is it worth it to install a new solid state HD? And maybe add some more RAM?
    Also how would I get OS x back on to a blank HD? I'm currently running a windows machine.

    Any help would be great appreciated.

    Matt
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

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    SSDs are pretty cheap now, it would be worth it if you're looking for a cheap laptop for light usage. I don't know if you'd need more RAM, it really depends on how you'd like to use the computer.

    Before you buy a SSD, test the internal HDD. It's possible that the SATA cable is bad.

    The easiest method would be the original restore discs. If you don't have them you can pick up OSX 10.6 from Apple for $20.
     
  3. dirty moose thread starter macrumors newbie

    dirty moose

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    So when I turn it on the screen just stays white.
    Could take be a SATA cable issue?

    I also used to use that computer for a lot of DJing use. Musical stuff.

    Matt
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

    T5BRICK

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    That is possibly another issue. Typically a Mac with a bad HDD or bad SATA cable will boot up to a folder with a question mark or a prohibitive symbol.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204156

    More RAM may be helpful, but I'd get it working before you go spend money on it.
     

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