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sibby

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Mar 2, 2017
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Hampshire, UK
Hi folks,

I have a fairly old Macbook Pro (I think it's 2011/12). I was using it last night then the battery cut out. When I went to charge it up and power up, it gave me this screen (pic attached).
Do you know why this has happened, and do you have any advice as to steps I should take? I don't want to make things worse by doing the wrong thing.

Is my HD dead?

Thanks in advance for your help
 

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BrianBaughn

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It's not dead…it's showing up in the screen you'd get if you'd have pressed the "option" key while booting.

You can either choose the "Macintosh HD" and try to boot normally or, as an extra safety step, you could boot from the "Recovery HD" partition, run Disk Utility, select "Macintosh HD" and run "First Aid" to see if the drive is OK, which it probably is. Then, you can quit Disk Utility and restart.
 
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sibby

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 2, 2017
14
2
Hampshire, UK
It's not dead…it's showing up in the screen you'd get if you'd have pressed the "option" key while booting.

You can either choose the "Macintosh HD" and try to boot normally or, as an extra safety step, you could boot from the "Recovery HD" partition, run Disk Utility, select "Macintosh HD" and run "First Aid" to see if the drive is OK, which it probably is. Then, you can quit Disk Utility and restart.

Thank you so much! Knowing that it wasn't broken meant that I tried a reboot by long holding the power button. Took a while, but has just started up with no issue. If that screen happens again, I'll know what to do. I feel really silly now, but think that it's about to die on me all the time because of its age! Thank you :)
 
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