MacBook won't boot from SSD, but is readable from Windows partition.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrmaroon, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. mrmaroon macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    So I swapped out my optical drive for an SSD, and boot OS X from the SSD. I have a bootcamp partition on my HDD.

    Last night, while watching a film, everything froze up and became unresponsive (spinning beachball). I restarted, but when I restart the grey apple logo turns into a stop sign and will not change. I've resetted PRAM, tried to start in safe mode etc to no avail.

    I can boot into my Windows partition on my HDD, which made me think the SSD is dead. However, everything on the SSD is readable (I'm finishing off the film I was watching when it froze!).

    The recovery partition on the SSD won't boot either.

    Am I going to have to wipe and reinstall? Is the SSD kaput? Is there some other way around it?

    Cheers!
     
  2. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried swapping them over? does it still not boot?
     
  3. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried holding the "Option" key down during the boot process to select the proper drive?
     
  4. mrmaroon thread starter macrumors member

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    I have, yes.

    So on my macbook I have an SSD and a HDD.

    SSD - OS X & Recovery partition
    HDD - Bootcamp.

    Trying to boot into either OS X or Recovery doesn't work, but the HDD works fine. However, in windows I can access everything on the SSD. Weird!
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Put the SSD in the SATA slot and the HDD into the SuperDrive slot.
     
  6. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    As yjchua95 said, switch the drive locations. If I remember correctly, the boot drive must be located at the original SATA slot. The extra drive can be located where the SuperDrive used to be located.
     

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