MBP Hard Drive Issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cardjoseph, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. cardjoseph macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2005
    Over the past few days I have been having difficulty with my internal hard drive. It has been having problems booting up properly; oftentimes it would get stuck on the gray screen and stall there. I was able to save my files and move them to an external hard drive, and I then have tried erasing the drive (zeroing out the data once) and reinstalling OS X Tiger or Leopard but each time the installation hangs, on both possible installations. I have used Disk Utility to verify the hard drive multiple times throughout this process, and there have been no repairs needed. So I decided to install OSX Tiger on an external firewire hard drive and see if my system would work with that. And it works fine with the external hard drive. After getting a stable OS for my computer on the external, I used a 7 pass erase on the internal hard drive, ran disk utility to repair the disk and it was ok, also ran techtool deluxe (including a surface scan), and then attempted a new installation of os x tiger (original installation discs I have). The installation froze again. Any clues as to why the installation keeps stalling? Is it a hard drive issue? Or is there some other issue I should be trying to isolate?
  2. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2008
    Your method of problem-solving is sound from the look of it. It seems that there may be a fault in your internal hard disk indeed. However just to be on the safe side, can you go into Disk Utility and verify that the partition of the internal boot drive is formatted to GUID?
  3. cardjoseph thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2005
    Just Checked with disk utility

    Under Disk Utility -- Partition Scheme: GUID Partition Table

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