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mattrichardofyork Calculating status...
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Nov 26, 2012 3:47 AM

Hi All


Bit of background:

I have MacBook Pro about 2009 or 2010 I think

I use it for Logic Pro mostly but other things as well


I have had an intermittant problem whereby the MBPro will not sorted itself for a while and then went bad again a few weeks ago.


I usually take battery out and press button for a few seconds and then do a PRAM reset and this sorts it out


I was ok with doing this every time it boots but now will not boot


Sometimes I get the 'You need to restart message'

Sometomes I get spinning thing for ages


I have searched forums and tried all sorts i.e.



Hardware Test - press D etc no problems found

Repair disk and permissions - repaired on first run of it ansd then ok on subsequent but still not boot

Reset password

SafeMode - when I run with ctrl V pressed it gets to the point where this is shown and then goes into loop keeps trying and then displaying a message like this

Saved crashreport to /Library/Logs/CrashReporter/lsregister_timestamp.crash using uid: 0 gid: 0, euid: 0 egid: 0


So my options?


Option 1 - I could re-install OS X

Q1. Can I reinstall OS X without deleting my files logic pro files etc?

Q2. If i can not boot machine from harddrive is there a way to copy files from hard drive after booting from disk?

Q2 I had updated the op system from 10.5 to 10.6 so if i can reinstall OS X will the programs still work?


Option 2 - Use time Machine to fix problem


Option2a - Use Time machine to restore recent backup - this may get the MBPro to boot and I can copy logic pro and other files from it

But I still had the problem at this point of backup so this would only be a temporary solution to try and get the thing to boot


Option2b - Use time machine to restore to a year ago

I have not added many new programs in last year just done a t lot of work on logic pro etc therefore I am thinking that if I restore the mac from time machine to a point in time when it was working ok it may cure the problem

Q4. If I restore my mac to how it was a year ago, can I then go into time machine and copy logic files that I created over last 12 months? They are there on the backup now would they be after the restore and can you copy them or is it just a version that holds the chjanges since last backup


Option3 - Copy Logic and other files from time machine to other backup disk

I notice when I look at my time machine hard drive an another laptop [A wondows laptop with mac files enabled to read] I see the logic file folder as it was at last backup last week BUT I can not look at properties and size of folder?

Q5. Is this because it does not save the actual files but changes since last backup or does ot save the entire files?

Q6. If I manually copy the logic projects folder [and others that I want to secure] from my latest time machine backup to another hard drive will this copy the actual files that would be woprkable or does tome machine not save like that?


Option4 - I may buy a new bigger internal hard drive - the hard drive is 250gig and kept getting full and I had to delete files - THIS MAY EVEN BE THE REASEON IT CAN NOT BOOT?

So if I buy a big hard drive and stick it in

Q7. Can I then use time machine to restore to last week and may cure problem if it does boot [if a software problem i suspect that this would not work]

Q8 I install OS X on new Hard drive manually abd then copy my logic files etc from time machine - is this possible?

Q9 If I install OSX manually again can i restore programs from the time machine backup or would i have to load them again manually ?


Any answers/commnets/suggestions appreciated



  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 6:09 AM (in response to mattrichardofyork)

    You can't use TM like that - the file structure is unique.

    Spend some time reading Pondini's TM articles here;


    From your description you should be able to re-install Snow Leopard (10.6) without affecting your applications and data, but if the cause is a full HD that won't work as you need at least 5GB of space for the installer to work in.


    Fitting a new HD is the same as erasing the current one for practical purposes, and you should be able to restore from the last backup complete with data.


    But for now, read how TM works and go through the FAQ.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 7:08 AM (in response to mattrichardofyork)

    It'll just refuse to install, yes. The error message won't necessarily be helpful though!

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to mattrichardofyork)

    First lets clear any confusion here - you have a MacBook Pro - Mac Pro is an expensive desktop tower system. Those drives you linked to are for bay fitting, not laptops.


    1TB, 7200rpm should be available, I think.


    Check which exact model you have (  > About This Mac > More info > hardware Overview, and read off the model identifier - something like MacBookPro5.1 or higher I suspect.

    Go to the OWC site and use the model table to find your exact model, then select the top radio button for HDs, SSDs etc., then click the Show Upgrades button.


    Scan down through the list for suitable drives 2.5", 3.0Gb/s interface.


    When you have a few options, check the UK stores for those models.


    Your user manual even tells you how to change it - if you've lost it, download it as a pdf from here:


    SSD worth the money? For me, no; but others disagree of course.

    Maxing out the RAM would be more useful.


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