Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 3:56 PM (in response to jo11223344556)
It's possible that your hard drive is failing or has failed, but equally possible that a cable or connection is loose. In either case, there's not much you can do unless you have some knowledge or expertise. (Some users routinely open up the case and check the internal connections with info gleaned from uTube videos.)
If you're not as adventurous, it won't hurt to visit your local Apple Store.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 3:57 PM (in response to jo11223344556)
Get the original installation disk and insert it holding down the C key. When you get to the point where you see the menu bar, select UTILITIES. Then select from the drop down menu Disk Utility. Open to First Aid and see if you can repair the disk.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to jo11223344556)
How did you get into Disk Utility?
Did you try and repair the Internal HDD (Macintosh HD) in Disk utility?
Can you see both HDDs?
Right now my thinking is to extract the internal HDD from the MBP, place it in an enclosure and then connect the two HDDs to a functioning Mac and transfer the desired data that way. Leave that as a last resort.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 5:23 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
I scaned the HDD (Mac) and it says its fine.
I can see the external and the mac HD and the start up disk. Now I've been tryng to create a disk image and then copy the mac HD onto the external HD. The creating process doesnt seem to be working properly.
Im going to try to restart normaly.... Is there any other way to copy my or to get access to my files from where I am (start up disk and then cmd+C)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 5:34 PM (in response to jo11223344556)
If you can get your MBP to boot normally, then you should be able to attach the external HDD and transfer selected data via drag and drop.
If you cannot start it normally, try this. Use your installation disk and get into Disk utility. If the external HDD shows in DU, open Disk Utility>Restore. That would copy all data from the internal HDD to the external HDD, essentially making a clone. This is speculative on my part and may not work.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2013 6:08 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
so i cant boot it up normally. I'm trying to restore it but the Macintosh HD on the left column seems to be written in light grey as if it couldnt gain access to the HD. When I hit restore and try to drag it as the source. It wont let me.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2013 2:30 AM (in response to jo11223344556)
The only suggestion I have is to take it out and connect it to another Mac and hope that the HDD is not totally dead. You might take this to an Apple store and they might assist you.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
Ok that's what i've done.
Went to apple store they said the hard drive has a prob.
Now I was thinking about buying an ssd anyway, so that's what I'm going to do.
I was thinking about a vertex 3.
Can you just tell me if this one is compatible. And if you have other recommendation.
I know the ssd has to be 3gb/s and 2.5 inch.
Also once I'll have the hard drive out, what type of wire will i need to connect it to another macbook?
And do you know any software that runs a detailed profile of a faulty HD???
Thanks a lot for your help
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2013 10:03 AM (in response to jo11223344556)
That SSD would certainly be compatible with your MacBook Pro - note that it's SATA III (6.0Gbps) but can be used with a computer that only has SATA II capabilities.
You need some sort of dock to put your hard drive in if you want to try to rescue some data from it. I would suggest one of these from OWC.
There are a number of applications, some quite expensive, that can help to 'repair' your hard drive to the point of being able to rescue SOME data. I've personally used Data Rescue 3 and can recommend it. Others have used DiskWarrior and have had some success with it.
ClintonMacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), 16GB RAM 512GB SSD Apple TB Display
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2013 10:13 AM (in response to jo11223344556)
The Vertex 3 is economical and pretty reliable, but you also might be interested in the Crucial M4. I'm not sure is patience is a luxury at your disposal, but DealMac regularly lists the latest discounts and deals with SSDs; they appear just about every day.
I can't help you out with a profile of the faulty HD, but installation of the SSD is relatively straightforward.
You can also find YouTube videos on users installing the SSD.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 6:24 PM (in response to jo11223344556)
Heyyy sorry to bother again
I got my MBP running again.... I swaped an ssd. Now the old harddrive is out and I got a cassing for it.
I cant get it to detect it. I Have data rescue 3 but it wont detect it.
Any advice plz.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 7:05 PM (in response to jo11223344556)
I don't know what procedure you followed for the installation of the SSD - but clearly something went wrong. But not something that can't be fixed.
Specifically, what kind of SSD did you install?
Generally, what procedure did you follow for the install?
Did you use a software program like CarbonCarbonCloner?
If you used CCC, from a backup, you'd have been able to transfer the data from your backup to your new SSD.
If you didn't, you'd still have to install your previous OS, or else your SSD wouldn't be recognized.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2013 8:02 PM (in response to poikkeus1)
the ssd is running just fine
I mean its the old hard drive that stopped working that im trying to get the files from.
its outside of my MBP
I got one of those usb cassing for it and I tring to get my MBP to detect it but no succes and run some kind of diagnostic on it.