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

mrmaroon

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Feb 12, 2008
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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!
 

BigBeast

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Mar 6, 2009
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Have you tried holding the "Option" key down during the boot process to select the proper drive?
 

mrmaroon

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Feb 12, 2008
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Have you tried holding the "Option" key down during the boot process to select the proper drive?
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!
 

yjchua95

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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!
Put the SSD in the SATA slot and the HDD into the SuperDrive slot.
 

BigBeast

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Mar 6, 2009
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Put the SSD in the SATA slot and the HDD into the SuperDrive slot.
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.