4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2014 1:32 AM by stevekerr
JoshJameson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Dear applefriends and fanatics,

 

My macbook pro (late 2009 model)  is malfunctioning since last week friday. it constantly shows the spinning wheel after every click i try to make.

sometimes it gives me a 5 min break. but afterwards its the same thing over and over again. First i thought , maybe i should do a wipe and re-install Lion,

but it did the same thing after 5 min working. then i thought, lets try and erase the complete HDD ( 2 partitions ),create 1 partition + a downgrade to Snow Leopard and keep it clean for like a day or 2. didnt work either. so any suggestions about what it could be?. i know its a hardware malfunction now. but i hope it isnt anything unswappable.  I personally think its my HDD and i hope so it is.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Spinning wheel possesses my MBP
    sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    Boot to the Lion Recovery disk. (Hold down the command-r keys). Select Disk Utility and run Repair Disk. If DU repairs something run it again. If the disk is not repairable by DU then you will need a stronger disk repair utility like DiskWarrior to rebuild the directory.

  • 2. Re: Spinning wheel possesses my MBP
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    JoshJameson wrote:

     

    then i thought, lets try and erase the complete HDD ( 2 partitions ),create 1 partition + a downgrade to Snow Leopard and keep it clean for like a day or 2. didnt work either

     

     

    Erase and install Snow Leopard again, but this time use Disk Utility to Erase with Security Option > Zero All Data on the hard drive instead of a the "quick format".

     

    Your drive is suffering from bad sectors, this Zero will map plenty of them off, as long as you have plenty of spare sectors, if you run out the drive is worthless.

     

    If your drive is failing, then it could be causing the bad sectors and it will have to be replaced.

     

    If your moving the computer while it's on, the heads strike the platters and this can cause damage to the sectors.

     

    So you have one last chance with the Zero operation, it might work perfectly fine after that or else it will need to be replaced and you can do that yourself on that model.

     

    Drives, partitions, formatting w/Mac's + PC's

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/

  • 3. Re: Spinning wheel possesses my MBP
    JoshJameson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks a lot mate,

     

    it worked like a charm

  • 4. Re: Spinning wheel possesses my MBP
    stevekerr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This might be a silly question but can I do that and then use time machine to go back to the state of my laptop before formatting the disk?

    I have this same spinning wheel problem.