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MacBook won't boot. Suspected hard drive failure (maybe more)

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Feb 28, 2013 1:39 PM

H there. Before I post I would like to state that this issues has come up 3 times before, all on the same machine, all on different hard drives.


The mac crashed while on google chrome. It booted up up saying to press any key, so I let it boot up. It wouldn't get past the spinning wheel before it would crash and shut down again.  It would not boot into safe mode. On disk utility, when trying to repair the disk it gave me errors of: Keys out of order, Invalid extent entry, Incorrect block count, Illegal name, Incorrect size for file, Invalid node structure.


I have tried to reset the NVRAM, I have removed the batterey and held down power for 5 seconds, and tried fsck, yet nothing seems to fix it. I've been the the Genius Bar twice now with the same problem, and I don't really want to go again for me to just buy another hard drive. The genius said that it was just a coincidence that the hard drives broke so close together, and that the machine did not cause the hard drive failure. Now it's happened agiain, I was wondering what could be causing it, and how to solve it.


My mac is a late 2008 MacBook with the aluminium body. It has a 2 week old 320gb WD hard drive in it.


Thanks for any help


Max MacGregor

MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)

    I don't have an answer to the failures, but if it were mine I would seriously consider a solid state drive as a replacement if needed.

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,605 points)

    This is not an answer to your immediate problem. Since you are obviously not a novice, there is not much that can be said from a distance that you don't already know and have tried.


    A friend had a similar experience a few weeks ago... the gist of it is that as his hard drive kept failing, apparently some of the Time Machine backups were damaged as well. When he replaced the dying drive he restored from TM. The result was that the new drive also started acting up, presumably because some of the restored files were damaged... Cleaning everything out and reinstalling solved the problems.


    One thought following on that. Do you have the old drive that failed? What about putting it in a suitable enclosure (~$10), hooking that up as an external, and looking into the drive to try to figure out what went wrong? This could help resolve yur questions about the computer itself being the root cause, not the hard drives.


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