MacBook Pro boot up help needed

Discussion in 'macOS' started by peruvit, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. peruvit macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, Im a college student. On moving out day I found that some one had thrown out a MacBook Pro. Took it home and realized why. It doesnt start up. It stays on a white screen for about 6 to 8 minutes and then goes to the apple logo and then shows a circle with a slash through it. I try to boot in safe mode and recovery mode but it wont go into those modes. It just repeats the same boot up. Im wondering if there is anything i can do to salvage this laptop or is it done for. Thanks in advance guys.
     
  2. goforet, Jan 2, 2016
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    goforet macrumors newbie

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    I've had my 2009 macbook pro start exhibiting the same issue. Have you got any solutions yet?
     
  3. bobdamnit macrumors regular

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    When this happens, it is because the computer could not find a startup folder on the hard drive. A few things could have caused this. The primary being a corrupted or damaged hard disk drive. The secondary being a user unwittingly deleted it. (Improbably, but not impossible.)

    I'd start by replacing the hard drive and reinstalling OS X.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP:

    Do you have ANOTHER Mac?
    Do you have an external drive?

    My suggestion:
    You need an external drive with a bootable version of the OS on it.
    Connect this to the MacBook and see if you can get it to boot that way.
     
  5. goforet macrumors newbie

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  6. goforet macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. This is what I have done, I was able to put the OS on a smaller SSD which I had and replaced the HD with this one. Bingo, she's off and running.
     

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