MacPro (Early 2009) Failing to Boot

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SimonGarlick, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. SimonGarlick macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I have an early 2009 MacPro that is powering on, but not booting up – my monitor just remains black.

    I've ruled out any issues with the Apple Studio monitor that I also use as I connect this to my MacBook Pro, which is working fine. I’ve also had a conversation with Apple Support and tried various restarts and key commands with no success.

    I have data on two internal drives that I need access to for work which I really need to access – and I wondered if anyone has had any luck with anything like this USB to IDE/SATA converter for retrieving data stored on internal hard drives?

    I'm looking to offload the MacPro anyway as I predominantly use the MacBook Pro now, but ideally I want to recover everything on the internal drives.

    Thanks for any help or advice with this – it's much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Simon
     
  2. jhillier22 macrumors newbie

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    That converter should work fine if all you're concerned with is getting the data from the hard drives.

    Does the Mac Pro chime when you turn it on?
     
  3. SimonGarlick thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks – getting the data off the drives is my first and foremost concern as there's files I need for work.

    In an ideal world, I'd like to sort the issue with the Mac as I was hoping to sell it, but as it's 10 years old, I'm not sure it would be worth the amount it will likely cost to diagnose and repair the problem.

    It doesn't chime when I turn it on.
     
  4. jhillier22 macrumors newbie

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    Turn the Mac on with the side panel off, do you see any red lights on the CPU tray?
     
  5. SimonGarlick thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks again – I'll be sure to try that later when I'm back at home.
     
  6. SimonGarlick thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi again, I removed the side panel and powered up the Mac which resulted in a single flash of a red light from the CPU tray. The red light flashed again when I held down the power button to turn off the power supply.

    Do you know what this could mean?
     
  7. jhillier22 macrumors newbie

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    Its normal for those lights on a Mac Pro to blink when it is turned on/off so it doesn't really mean anything. Its probably a good sign.
     
  8. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Grab the Mac Pro (Early 2009) service manual here. It will explain everything you need to troubleshoot, especially the minimum configuration you need to use for testing.
     
  9. SimonGarlick thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, Pressure – much appreciated.
     

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