Unibody Hardisk semi-dead?

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  1. radionickhead macrumors regular

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    I have a Unibody Alu macbook...been taking great care of it since I got it over the last 4-5 months..
    It was in sleep mode and I just opened the lid and I got the rainbow circle thing..and my macbook was ticking..I closed the lid and opened it and nothing happened...I rebooted and my hardisk ticked again and I got the boot screen with a question mark.
    I switched it off, took out the battery and rebooted it and I'm back on it now..and it seems normal..
    What happened?
    What should I do?

    Thanks..
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Boot from the Install Disc by holding D to run a hardware test ... then boot from the disc again holding C to repair disk from the Disk Utility menu.
     
  3. radionickhead thread starter macrumors regular

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    I did all that..
    everything seemed to be OK.
    No problems so far, but still very odd how that happened..

    Should I prepare myself for future hardisk death?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You should always be prepared for HDD death by maintaining a current backup. If you are using Time Machine, or doing manual backups regularly, then you are prepared.
     
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Quoted for emphasis.

    Always, always, always have a backup.

    I have a hard time feeling bad for people who lose substantial amounts of data because they have no backup. Especially on a laptop. One drop or well-placed impact, and boom! No more data.
     
  6. radionickhead thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand that, and appreciate the emphasis and all but I'm more worried about what to do now/ what to expect in terms of my actual hardisk..
    Any other tests I can check? Or if I should send it to apple to check it..I have exams now and this is literally the worst period for my laptop to die on me.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I think that taking it to Apple will just result in a No problems found/unable to reproduce symptoms diagnosis.
     
  8. radionickhead thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright thanks..if anyone else has different input it'd be much appreciated..I guess ill just have to hope it was my hardisk weirding out for some reason.
     

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