MBP possible HD failure...how to proceed?

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  1. Tymmz macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    Hi.

    My MBP doesn't boot properly. It's stuck on the grey screen with the apple logo and the progress bar. After a couple minutes it shuts itself off.

    I already gathered that it's failing to check the HD.

    I have a backup sitting on one of my external HDs but how do I get to the stage where I can restore it?

    I'm running Mavericks and have no OS discs around.

    Many thanks!
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Can you run the Apple Hardware Tests to confirm that this is the HDD?

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1509

    If it is, and you still have AC or warranty, then take it to Apple for repair. Otherwise, a replacement HDD isn't that hard to install, and you have backups, so you should be good to get your data back.
     
  3. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm afraid I'm not able to access AHT. :(
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    So the optical drive is shot too? Sounds like a job for Apple.
     
  5. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can't even access safe mode.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I guess you could remove the HDD and put it in a caddy or USB enclosure and copy what data you can get from it that way...If you can't access anything from CMD+ etc. then that looks like your only option I'm afraid.
     
  7. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Pressing the option key gets my to disk utility and restore and what not option...at least something.

    Seems like it's software, not hardware.
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    If you can access DU, then you have options!:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1782

    You can repair, erase, repartition and re-install from your disks, then update as required.
     
  9. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

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