MacBook Pro 13" Question Mark

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by poisondart90, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. poisondart90 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    Ok so my situation is very confusing...

    I originally was saving a document when I got the spinny wheel and when I clicked off of it to new windows for a little while, it froze completely.

    When I booted the computer up, I got the dreaded flashing folder with a question mark in it. The only difference between what I experienced and what I saw other hard drive failures experience was that once in a while when I would boot it up, I would get the apple symbol which would eventually change into that flashing circle with a line through it symbol that means something is missing or whatever. Also, I tried the command where you can see all the disks and choose which to boot from and about once every hour or two, it would pop up for a few seconds. When I clicked it, it seemed like it would begin to load and then it would load to the question mark folder again. It seemed to get to this point when I hadn't messed with the computer for a while, so when it was cold. Also, the disk did not make any noise that was unusual compared to normal. Many users claimed clinking or clunking noises, none of which my hard drive made. It seemed to spin normal.

    Anyway, I concluded that I had hard drive failure based on the symptoms. I tried everything I found on these forums and more and nothing would recognize the drive. I went ahead and bought two more hard drives and a hard drive enclosure so that I would be able to back up my data next time.

    Anyway, I first tried to see if I could see any of the data on the "fried" hard drive with my other laptop (a PC) and all that was on the drive was a file with one of the tildes at the end and it was from about 8 months before it crashed. It was a list of things I needed to get done that week so it was very obvious when it was from. Anyway, the hard drive was originally 500GB and I had used probably 100GB of the space in addition to that taken up by Snow Leopard. When I checked the drive, it was listed as 16GB with only that one file and no folders. Anyway, I ignored this and installed a new Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM into the MacBook Pro 13".

    Anyway, I borrowed my friend's Install DVD for his new MacBook Pro. I put it in and it loaded from the disk but when I got to the Disk Utility Menu, it doesn't notice the new hard drive, just like it didn't with the original that I thought/still think was/is fried. The DVD I was booting from is actually for a 15" MBP and mine is a 13"... but considering it actually booted up, I didn't think this was really an issue. It gets to the Disk Utility but finding the hard drive is a no go.

    I'm trying to figure out what to do next. Any advice? Please don't tell me to search the forums because I have dug in and out non stop trying to find the solution.

    Any help at all would be wonderful! Thanks!!
  2. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    sounds like the logic board took a crap *sound of thunder*
  3. poisondart90 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    I looked up Logic Board failure and from the descriptions I'm getting, it's definitely not what is wrong with my MBP... Mine goes to the flashing question mark folder screen with either the hard drive that was in it when it crashed, or with the brand new hard drive I just installed. When running the Install Disk for the MBP 15", it doesn't recognize any hard drive being inserted...

    When I have the Disk in, when it gets to installing Mac OS X, it says "Mac OS C can't be installed on this computer. If you want to restore your system from a Time Machine backup, click "Restore from Backup."

    Through some digging on other unassociated threads, I've found that despite using the MBP 15" Disk may not be my only problem, it is definitely not going to work. A lot say I will need the retail disk to reinstall... I got the MBP about 14 months ago, with Leopard installed on it. Two months later, my friend and I purchased the 5-copy Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD to sell on my dorm floor once we were finished using the first two copies...

    Anyway, I no longer have either of those and am getting very desperate. Any advice on what to do given that the chance of finding either of these is slim to none at best?

    Anyone willing to help me out here? Still not sure if I know the problem or not... and if I just need the disk, and insight as to where I may find one would be incredibly helpful.

    Thanks in advance!
  4. amy527 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2010
    Hello, i have the exact same problem with the flashing folder with the question mark. I did everything that i could and came to conclusion that maybe my HD is probably fried, so i replaced it with a new HD. Now with the new HD i am not able to run the OS X it said something about can't installed on this computer?
  5. Floeter macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2011
    Question Mark of Doom

    So, I'm having a similar problem where I received a 13'' Macbook Pro with a 250gb hard drive mounted within the body, as a media specialists having to do heavy editing I needed a bit larger of an internal hard drive. So I looked a reviews and bought a 750gb Seagate bare bones 2.5'' hard drive and tosses it, tried using a friend's 13'' CD, then a genetic Snow Leopold disk, even tossed it in to a 15'' computer and used it native disks successfully installed the OS and rebooted on the 15'' fine but when returned to the 13'' back the the question mark or the restart error message. I was fed up with and figured I should get new 13'' CD's from apple, had them sent out fast as I could and back to the folder with a question mark responds. I'm currently running apple hardware test extended to try and find the problem. The only way I can get back in the the apple OS is using the former hard drive as an external to boot my old account, it does recognize the CD's for the OS but will not allow me to install from that point. Any tip or recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

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