MacBook Pro hard drive problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sjp72, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. sjp72 macrumors newbie

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    Have a 2010 MacBook Pro. I was backing up some files to an external hard drive yesterday, I ejected the hard drive from my desk top then pulled out the USB cable, my MacBook started to make a crackling noise and everything froze and I had the spinning wheel of death, I left it for a few minutes but after no change I shut down using the off button. When I rebooted there was a flashing question mark and the MacBook wouldn't open. I tried starting up in safe mode but this didn't work, I then started up through OS X recovery mode so that I could repair my Macintosh hd but it was not listed, the only thing in the list was OS X base system. I can't reinstall OS X as again my HD is not Listed. I don't have a time machine or a back up of my HD. Is there anything I can do to fix this, I am not very technical or knowledgable on the workings of macs! Thanks in advance for any help offered.
     
  2. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    drive seems dead... it happens.

    replace it (SSD if possible), reinstall OSX, restore time machine, good to go :)
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Sound like the drive is dead (HDD's often die by the time they are 6years old) but it could be the SATA cable (notoriously flaky on that model) I would order an SSD (this will make your Mac faster than new) to replace the drive and a SATA cable at the same time (for an extra $20 it's worth it having to wait because you didn't have a good cable is annoying and replacing it could save some compatability issues).

    Some recommendations for drive and cable

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX200-250GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B00RQA6DTE

    http://www.amazon.com/Eathtek-Senso...632871&sr=1-1&keywords=macbook+pro+sata+cable

    And a guide to perform the replacement

    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+Hard+Drive+Cable+Replacement/4304

    It should be better than new in a few days for under $100....
     
  4. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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  5. KimUsername macrumors member

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    Hi Sjp72:

    If you suspect that the problem could be your SATA cable, you could try to install the hard drive in an external case and see if you can then boot from it. http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Se...Ns=P_Price|0&Ne=5000&N=6430&Ntt=On-The-Go+Kit

    Kim
     
  6. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    If the Mac will boot in Recovery Mode, the problem is not likely the cable.

    When you say that only the recovery partition shows, do you mean in Disk Utility when you try to run repair disk, or just when you try to do a re-install of the OS?

    Do you have a second Mac handy that you can use for diagnostics?
     
  7. sjp72 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the great advice and all the links, you've been really helpful. Can I ask one thing, my MacBook is a 15", will the drives and cables above still be OK to order.
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    The recovery partition shows in disc utility when I boot up in recovery mode.
    I don't have a second Mac - sorry.
     
  8. KimUsername macrumors member

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    If your computer is a Mid 2010 15" Macbook pro, this is the cable you need. https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Parts/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Unibody-Mid-2010-Hard-Drive-Cable/IF161-061-1

    Kim
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    No it's a different cable but available on Amazon for a similar price.
     

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