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my mid-2008 macbook pro will not boot from Recovery HD partition

923 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 11:49 AM by MZ56 RSS
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Jan 13, 2013 9:35 AM

was watching a video on hulu using the chrome browser on my macbook pro running Mountain Lion. Suddenly the picture froze in a flickering loop, unable to force quit, I powered down. I have not been able to restart since in safe mode or from the Recovery HD partition. A standard start attempt results in the grey screen and spinning cursor that power cycles every few minutes.  Does anyone have any suggestions or a fix for this?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,600 points)

    If you have a TM back up, see if you can restart holding the Option key and select the TM back up to boot into. You'll get the same OS X Utilities screen as you see with the Recovery HD. From there try to Verify/Repair your MBP. Or if you have a clone you can boot into use that. Or if you created a Recovery HD on a USB thumb drive using the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant, use that.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)

    You could also boot from your original installation DVD that came with the MacBook Pro. Hold down the "C" key while starting with the DVD. Then use Disk Utility to see if your internal drive is functioning.


    It may be that your hard drive has failed. That would explain why you can't boot to the Recovery partition. If it has, it underlines the importance of making and keeping a backup.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)

    X 3 on the need to backup.


    Apple support article that might help:


  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)

    Make a backup and then reinstall 10.8.2 would be my suggestion.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)

    As I stated earlier, your hard drive is most likely failing.


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