3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2012 10:20 AM by laundry bleach
Hen3ry Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)

MacBook2,1

Intel Core 2 Duo

2 Ghz

1GB memory

 

When I closed the lid several days ago, the MB was operating normally.  When I opened the lid today, the desktop looked normal, but I soon found the machine was crashed.  

 

Restarted... Normal start-up chime ... then got the blinking "?" -on-a-folder.  D'oh!    No bootable image.  Also noticed a "tick" sound at about 1 second intervals coming from approximately the location of the right-shift key.  Listened closer:  it's a whir-tick-whir-tick-whir-tick...  

 

Uh oh.

 

Booted the OSX Install Disc that came with the machine, no problem.  System Profiler shows no sign of a mass storage device excepting the (obviously fully functional) optical drive.

 

Tried booting the disk again, holding down "D" --as printed on the disc-- to run Apple Hardware Test.  Fail.  The machine just spits out the disc and flashes a ?.

 

I conclude:  the internal hard disk has left town, permanently.  Everything else seems to be OK

 

Time to get a new drive. Worthwhile ,as the machine was leading a useful life before the HD failure. Plenty of replacement how-to guides available, easy to do, and not very expensive, under $100. 

 

My questions:

 

o Any room for significant doubt in the diagnosis above?

 

o I left the MB sleeping in a rather warm room, maybe 90F/32C.  Might this have had anything to do with the failure?

 

o Any reason the Apple Hardware Test would not boot?   Any reason to pursue this?  I've heard that AHT doesn't really say much in the case of a HD failure.

 

o Would SMARTReporter (or a similar product, if one exists) likely have warned of an impending failure?

 

TIA

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    o Any room for significant doubt in the diagnosis above?

    Nope. That hard drive has bit the dust.

    o I left the MB sleeping in a rather warm room, maybe 90F/32C.  Might this have had anything to do with the failure?

    Meh. Doubtful.

    o Any reason the Apple Hardware Test would not boot?   Any reason to pursue this?  I've heard that AHT doesn't really say much in the case of a HD failure.

    This is disturbing. AHT should boot on the machine even with a mal- or non-functioning hard drive.

    o Would SMARTReporter (or a similar product, if one exists) likely have warned of an impending failure?

    Maybe. No way to know really until the exact cause of failure is known.

     

    I would replace the hard drive. Very likely you will be able to get plenty of use out of the MacBook even if the optical drive is not working correctly.

     

    Best of luck.

  • Hen3ry Level 2 Level 2 (495 points)

    Thanks for confirming!

  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    You are welcome, and thank you for awarding the "solved" for this thread. It is not required but it is much appreciated.