SSD not booting but working as external

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Southafricanrob, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. Southafricanrob macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2016
    I switched to an SSD about a year ago and been running seemlessly and fast ever since.
    I cannot boot anymore and get the flashing folder/question mark logo. I managed to boot into single user mode and repair the disk but the problem came back a day later and now I cannot even enter single user/verbose or recovery mode - just the flashing folder.

    What is strange is that if I take out the SSD and swop it back with the original drive then I can mount it as an external and see all files and everything works fine.

    I have Verified the drive in Disk Utility and all seems fine. Is there anything I can do to get it to boot as a normal startup disk again without formatting and reinstalling osX

    (Macbook 13" 2.5 core i% 8MB RAM running 10.9.3)
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    13" MacBook Pro 2012?

    If so, I suspect it's the HDD cable. Common issue on your model. Quick job to replace it and the parts are pretty cheap.
  3. Southafricanrob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2016
    Thanks - Yes that's the model. Seems to be running fine with the old drive in again though, would assume the cable error would give same fault on both?

    Also, if I try and select the ssd (now in the external enclosure) it doesn't appear as a startup disk option

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