Spinning Wheel crashes at start up, Not an error with actual hard drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Uddername, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Uddername macrumors newbie

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    I recently bought a second hand macbook pro 2009. The guy told me it worked fine but you couldn't update the Operating System. I was okay with this because we agreed it must be a hard drive issue and i wanted to replace it with a 1tb SSHD anyway. I tried to enter disk utility to wipe the original 160gb hard drive, but like the guy said, the spinning wheel would just crash. So i installed my new 1000tb SSHD and the exact same thing happen, i insert a Mavericks USB, hold Option, click on the bootable USB and the spinning wheel starts and then stops.


    The only way i was able to wipe the 160gb using disk utility was doing it through my iMac and having the Macbook in Target mode.


    I know it's not a hard drive issue, as i bought three of these SSHD's and the other two worked fine. Would it be the hard drive cable or something else?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Uddername thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. Laco macrumors 6502

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    You may not want to hear this. But personally, if possible I would return the computer and ask for my money back.
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Oxymoron, if you can't update the OS then it has a serious fault. As you purchased it knowing it had that fault you may not be able to return it. If you can, I would.
     
  5. Uddername thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would be difficult to return it. I just assumed the hard drive was damaged. I will see what the genius's at the Apple Store say and if it's an expensive fix, i'll sell it as parts or spares.
     

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