Macbook Trouble

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  1. Palmer macrumors member

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    My Macbook is not booting up. It shows a folder icon with a question mark in it and makes a clicking sound, but that all.

    I’ve already mailed it to Apple to fix a similar problem before (logic board), but my warranty ran out in June of 2007.

    I’m not sure what to do now.

    Thanks
     
  2. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    What happens when you hold down the ALT key when booting? Does it show your hard drive?
     
  3. Palmer thread starter macrumors member

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    No it doesn’t show my hard drive. When I turn on my Mac and hold ALT I just see a grayish screen and it beeps.
     
  4. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Insert an install disc and boot to it. Once it boots to the disc, open Disk Utility and do a Repair Disc on your HD if it shows up.
     
  5. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Just had a look on google and it seems that this is probably a hard drive problem. Try what MBHockey states and let us know what happens.

    You can also try and perform a hardware test by inserting the install DVD and holding down the D key during startup.

    If it is the hard drive you can purchase a new one relatively cheaply. I hope you have a backup!
     
  6. Palmer thread starter macrumors member

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    I put in the install DVD (which took 2-3 min is that normal?) and it did not see the HD.
    So my HD is bad? That’s a relief; I was thinking it was my logic board again.

    Yes, I have and external HD with all my important info back-up
     
  7. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    Ouch. Sounds like a dead hard drive to me. If you hear clicking, that's a surefire way to tell your hard drive is dead or dying.
     
  8. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    What about the fact that 2.5 are portable drives,the clicking noise is the heads docking at frequent intervals to stop the drive f*cking up. I had a seagate that clicked away for about a yr with
    no issues what so ever( but im not saying that is the case here )
     
  9. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Glad the problem was not too serious. The hard drives are pretty easy to replace in a macbook.

    Here is a good selection :
    MACSALES
     
  10. Palmer thread starter macrumors member

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  12. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    as long as the hard drive size is 2.5" (notebook) and has a SATA connection it will work which it does.

    damn thats a good price for a 7200rpm 16mb cache notebook drive. i wish newegg shipped to aussieland :(

    macbook's are unbelievable easy to upgrade their hard drives. heres a pdf tutorial from Apple.
     
  13. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I think you have to look on this as a positive - recently my 6 month old MB had probs so I just replaced the HD and doubled the space! And the old one now gives me a load of storage space, a win-win situation.

    With the MB it is very easy to do - just a few screws ;)
     
  14. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    what about ones that are 12.5mm and not 9.5mm you would have a hard time trying to cram one
    of those in your macbook or macbook pro
     
  15. Palmer thread starter macrumors member

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    I put in the new HD and it runs great.

    Thanks for the help
     

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