possible hard drive fail! help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kikoukenn, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. kikoukenn macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2009
    *specs of problem mac in sig.

    so lets see. after having frequent firefox crashes this past week, i decided to back up all my files just in case of a meltdown; used time machine for this. a few days ago i boot up my system and the desktop is completely frozen (beachball spinning). i see no files on the desktop except for the hard drive. i let it sit then it starts screen saver. once i revive it, the files are there. no freeze, weird. seems to be working fine until a couple of hours later. i had no choice but to use the power button to restart. i get a grey screen with a file and question mark. not good. so i grab the os x 10.5 dvd and reboot from the dvd. disk utility, 'repair disk' greyed out. no option for 'archive and install' either. only 'erase and install'.

    i decide to try and boot up to the drive again, this time.. normal white screen with apple and saw. just no response. it keeps spinning until the screen goes to black and seems to be shut down. i started up in single user mode and did fs check. i exited and it booted up my system, still with the lingering desktop freeze. the single user start up seems to be the only way i can get to my desktop. all else fails. i realize the problem is my hard drive. i would like ideally like to archive and install os x again but i can't repair the disk. suppose i wound up erasing and installing, would my time machine back up be able to upload some files [photos, music, docs] onto the new operating system with no hassle?

    (sorry if this post isn't the most structured. :eek: )
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If it's actually a physical hard drive problem, no amount of erase and install is going to help you. You need a new hard drive.
  3. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    I'd suggest a trip to your local apple store for a replacement.

    You have your data backed up via Time Machine so at least you can get it back.
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    How does the drive appear in Disk Utility?

    I had a 1TB WD Green drive die on me yesterday and my Mac Pro warned me that it was failing. I was able to copy everything to another drive. In Disk Untility the drive shows up on the left but it is in red and I can't verify the disk or repair. It just died.

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