MacBook Pro mid2009 Hard Drive Dead

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  1. pawelthegreat macrumors member

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    Hi
    I got a MacBook Pro 15" bought in the summer 2009 online at the Online Apple Store (Canada).
    It's been good to me the whole time until 1 week ago.
    I was installing a program when it froze for 5 minutes. It went back up working until it froze permanently. It now wont boot up. It's a white screen with the apple logo and a no sign (not a question mark) interchanging. When I boot with the install disk, it won't find the hard drive to install Mac OS X. Same with Disk Utility. Apple Hardware Test does not complete. It freezes but I will try it again later.

    I am not exactly sure what to do right now.

    I want to go to the Apple Store at the Eaton Center in Toronto and see what they can do. Any suggestions what their options are.

    How much does it cost to replace?
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    To me it sounds like a Hard drive that is on it's last legs. Do you have a backup?
     
  3. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for replying.
    I think it is already dead.

    I backed up most of it, but not everything.

    Do you think it could be just a faulty connection or the hard drive wont start (like the spinner is stuck or something.)

    Let's say the HDD is dead. What should I do?

    Thanks again
     
  4. bwrairen macrumors 6502

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    Pull the drive out and either (1) put another drive in the mac to test the logic board and drive cable, or (2) put the drive in an external enclosure (or another mac) to test to see if the drive is bad.
     
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    Try reseating the HDD. The guides on http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/Mac will help.

    If the HDD is dead then I guess you will need to purchase a new 2.5" SATA HDD.
     
  6. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the replies. Ill try those out and give my results here later.

    But let's say the HDD is a lame duck and I go to the Apple Store. I say, "Hi Im a UofT student, I need my Mac for school. I want it replaced in 20 minutes no charge. I'll even buy a Time Capsule right here and now."

    What kind of response should I be expecting?

    Thanks again
     
  7. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Apple's hard drive choices suck as reflected by reviews and reliability reports. Apple may call the hard drive a wear item and probably will not replace it if you are out of warranty.
     
  8. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    Where could I buy a WD Scorpio Black HDD?

    It's apparently new.
     
  10. Messy macrumors 6502

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    I'd tell you to get ****ed and not to be so rude to be honest.

    Just because you're a student, and you *need* this and that does not give you the right to demand for it to be replaced in 20 minutes with no charge.

    Just giving you my opinion after working in retail for most of my Career. I can tell you that a more subtle, honest and polite tone works a lot better.
     
  11. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Not sure which model you're referring to, but Western Digital Scorpio Black is a series of drives.

    Check www.newegg.ca for pricing of the different capacity models within the line.
     
  12. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, I am going to the Eaton Centre Apple Store this Saturday.
    Will update what happened later.

    Hoping I get my Mac back enough all fixed up.

    :apple: FTW
     
  14. Messy macrumors 6502

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    Good luck! Like I said, a more polite subtle approach will yield better results than the 'rarr rarr i want my **** sorted' approach.

    :)
     
  15. sydenham macrumors regular

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    What reliability reports??? You still posting your misinformation?
     
  16. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Look at the date genius. And Apple's hard drives have still not changed since Jan 4th so yup, still crap.
     
  17. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey
    Excellent news!

    HD was OK. It was the the HD/IR/Sleep Indicator Cable that was at issue.

    Whewww.

    It will cost me only $28 Canadian.

    This is most excellent news and I can't wait til I back up.

    Genius (Garth) was super-duper.
     
  18. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    Just saying, the Genius actually recommended me to get my HD elsewhere because Apple is very pricey on this. He told me $140 (just for the HD, I'm assuming) when I could get it for 40 elsewhere.
     
  19. pawelthegreat thread starter macrumors member

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    OK its official
    I am on my MacBook right now and it's all good
    Hopefully this thread will give hope to others that it may not be as serious as a HD failure when you get the question mark.

    This thread is closed.
     

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