8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2013 7:24 PM by nbar
HemiDave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello -

 

I was getting the wonderful freeze followed by three beeps on a 2011 MBP.  Rebooted several times, which ended up the same way.  I read a few posts about that indicating a RAM issue so I pulled and reseated.  When I rebooted, it did the same thing so I did an NVRAM reset and the machine booted, to what appeared to be, a new OS (starting at language selection screen) and then drove me to select which disk to boot from??  Rebooted one more time and the gray screen appeared briefly then flashed to black and nothing...did this a number of times.  I was able to get into the machine by holding OPTION key and ran a disk verification in the utility.

 

How can I tell if this is a failing disk issue based on this??  Any help appreciated.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 3.39.23 PM.png


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 15" with Apple SSD
  • 1. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,945 points)

    Can't see the screenshot. Yes, usually three beeps is related to faulty RAM. Usually I would say this is not related to the drive, but SSD complicates the diagnosis. Booting verbosely (cmd -V) would help to see what is going on. Test the RAM however with an extended AHT. Logic board will be tested as well. Software like techtool 6 could perform a scan of every block of your drive to rule out drive problems.

     

    Using Apple Hardware Test - Support - Apple

  • 2. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    HemiDave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks nbar...wonder why the image is not showing?  Anyways, the disk util shows these in red:

    • Incorrect nunmber of attributes
    • Volume bitmap needs minor repair for orphaned blocks
    • Invalid volume free block count
    • The volume Mac SSD was found corrupt and needs to be repaired.
    • Error: This disk needs to be repaired us...es window window appears, choose Disk Utility.
  • 3. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,945 points)

    Your drive has failed. This is unfortunate as SSD = $$$ and should not really fail in the traditional way a HDD (which fails over time due to moving parts- a spinning disk). SSD failure over time is determined by the amount of times each block can be RW to....

     

    It is possible that it could just be the SATA adapter which connects the drive to your motherboard that is defective, which is an easy and cheap fix.

     

    How old is the SSD?

  • 4. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    HemiDave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Came new from Apple with the machine in 2011...so not that old at all.  The positive side is that this is a work machine so the SSD is covered and I backup EVERYTHING.  Looks like it is time for a new drive!  That is pretty dissapointing as, I mentioned, it is not that old.  I added an OWC SSD to my personal MBP and may go that route with this one as well.  Will try the connection first to see if that might be it.

  • 5. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,945 points)

    Yes....a SATA adapter ~$15-20.

     

    Sounds like you are covered financially and you have wisely backed everything up so it could be worse even if it turns out to be the SSD. Cheers.

  • 6. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    HemiDave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yea, thanks for the time mate.

  • 7. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    HemiDave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nbar...I have an MBP that has a sata 300 chipset. Is the connecer the same in my late 2010 duo core processor as my i7 sata 600?  If I wanted to swap the cable out to test,would I be able to do that or are the adapters different?

  • 8. Re: Apple SSD in 2011 MBP Error
    nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,945 points)

    SATA 6 It is backwards compatible, so yes. As to the whether or not there will be any difference in transfer speed depends on the drive itself.