Currently Being ModeratedAug 21, 2013 12:26 AM (in response to phelonyjones)
Beeps are usually an indication of a system failure, not necessarily a hard drive failure. The herring bone pattern is also typically a sign of a logic board problem. You might want to consider re-seating the RAM. I wouldn't bet it would help, but it's easy to do.
You could try putting it into target mode because that doesn't exercise the full system, only parts of it. It might work. You can use the following article as a FireWire reference if you need to:
If you need more info on drive problems, you could check out the following because they have a fair amount of info about drives and drive problems since they make a drive testing tool:
but personally I suspect it's the logic board. The only way I could explain the herring bone pattern and have it be related to the drive is if the code being picked up off the drive ends up being corrupted.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 21, 2013 12:34 AM (in response to phelonyjones)
I would recommend you remove the HD and put it in a HD enclosure ($10) and copy all data to another HD,....BUT you already tried that.
Have you already done a check of the HD externally with another computer to verify the HD is bad?
Sounds like your HD is/has gone bad, and your SATA cable isnt the culprit.
Hopefully you have a backup for your data? Always have a backup HD clone, ...do you have a time machine backup?
HD replacement is $65
SATA cable is $25
that is if you yourself replace them.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 21, 2013 4:50 AM (in response to PlotinusVeritas)
I have an even older MBP that has a good video and logic sections, bad Airport. I have been wondering if I could install the HD into that machine and see if it takes. Is that possible to do? I'm a bit out of my water.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 21, 2013 6:29 AM (in response to phelonyjones)
I find I have no idea how to open a 2008 MBP. Yanked every screw I could see and it still resist pretty heavily, unless I've missed a screw somewhere. Battery is out of it.
I tried target disk, the screen came up with a circle and thunderbolt and a "Y" icon. However, It seems Apple wants Firewire to be used here instead of ethernet(which is I have at the moment, though I have the FW 800 cable). So, off to find the Thunderbolt to FW adapter for the MBPr. We'll see if that turns the trick.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 21, 2013 2:39 PM (in response to CaptH)
I think it is, and the lightning bolt is somehow a Thunderbolt. A subtle message to me that, while ethernet is fine for migration, firewire only for Target Disk Mode. And another adapter is on order. I hope this works, or I'm the king of Apple adapters for no good reason.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2013 2:40 AM (in response to phelonyjones)
I think that means something like "FireWire over Thunderbolt." Thunderbolt is a versatile interface. I'm just glad they still support FireWire through it. All of our external drives (well, most of them) are FireWire for performance reasons.
I hope it works out for you. I've got tons of adapters to.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2013 4:50 AM (in response to MrJavaDeveloper)
I think Apple has discovered a whole new profit center in adapters. We'll know if they supplant Lightening anytime soon. And whoever thought sticking a chip in a Lightening cable was a good idea needs to be beaten soundly.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 27, 2013 4:16 AM (in response to MrJavaDeveloper)
Target Disk Mode did the trick. Once I had the adapter, already had a FW drive so the cable was ready, it went easy peasey. Got everything off that I wanted. What a relief. Thank you all for the ideas and supporrt.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2013 3:44 PM (in response to MrJavaDeveloper)
I believe it was a series of 4 beeps in a sequence of 3 times then it stops. It might have been 3 beeps, my memory, like my old MBP, is a bit unrelaible. It was most definately in a 3 times sequence.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2013 4:01 PM (in response to phelonyjones)
Most likely faulty RAM
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