SSD not booting but working as external

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

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  1. Southafricanrob macrumors newbie

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    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 604

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    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

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    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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