MBP trouble with hard disk?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by -mattias-, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. -mattias- macrumors member

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    Hello,

    So I for some reason hit my mac just right to the trackpad. It started making this weird noise, so I hit it soft again, which made the sound go away.

    I was afraid it was the hard disk that made the sound. But the mac was running perfectly, I could even open apps and files. Then when I was gonna play a movie and it froze.

    When I started it up again, it took forever to get to the log-in screen. But I was able to log-in. When I logged in everything was so slow. Every app constantly froze.

    I can't start it normally anymore, it just stays at the white screen. In safe mode though I am able to login, but it is very slow and laggy. Have tried run Disk Utility, but it says the hard disk is fine.

    Someone suggested I should change the hard drive cable which I did, but it didn't change anything at all.

    So my question to you is, what is the problem? Is it the hard disk and is there any way I can verify this, as I would rather not have to buy and change the hard drive just to find out it isn't the problem. I have another MBP with a Time Machine backup at an extern, don't know if this can be used to solve/verify the problem?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. -mattias- thread starter macrumors member

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    Have bought a FireWire cable and booted the old one up in target mode. I then used Disk Utility on the new Mac to scan for errors on the old. Strangely, it said everything was fine...
     
  3. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Consider this an opportunity to replace the HD with an SSD.
     
  4. -mattias- thread starter macrumors member

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    But is there a way to check if it is the hard drive that is actually broken? That's what I'm trynna find out. :)
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Nope, there isn't.

    If you hear clicking noises from it, then it's definitely going to go south soon.
     
  6. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    Well, the HDD is located exactly to the right of the trackpad so....

    If you can get into disk utility, check the S.M.A.R.T status.
     
  7. eljanitor macrumors 6502

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    Hard drives go bad over time the motors wear out, controller boards stop working. Just because the hard drive passes SMART testing doesn't mean there isn't a problem starting to happen. Hard drives are pretty inexpensive unless its SSD. Like someone else said here's your chance to upgrade your laptop.
     
  8. -mattias- thread starter macrumors member

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    New HDD + HDD cable - HDD not recognized by MBP

    Bought a new HDD + HDD just to be sure. Have installed mavericks on a USB, but when I boot up and open Disk Utility the new HDD isn't showing. Any idea why?
     

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