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Need some help. I tried the safe boot up as well as the the resetting of the PRAM and NVRAM found here: Resetting your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM

Neither seem to help. Please advise.
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I also seem to see a flashing folder with a ? in it now
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Try booting your MBP with your Leopard recovery install DVD. Perform the Apple Hardware Test, and use Disk Utility from the top menu "Utilities" to verify and repair the hard drive. It sounds like your hard drive may have quit.

Post back the results.

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flashing folder with a ? in it
That is the computer saying it cannot find usable OS.
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So I tried that and the verify disk and repair portion where not available to click on.
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Also when I try to re-install the OS it says to pick a destination and so far I have nothing showing up.
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Sounds to me you HDD has gone.
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Any idea on how much a 250 GB HDD would cost?
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Sounds EXACTLY like your hard drive has gone. You can get a WD or Seagate 250GB 2.5inch drive for probably 50-60 bucks at your local best buy, or on new egg for maybe a little cheaper.
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So I have backed up stuff using Time Machine. Will I be able to use my saved stuff with the new HDD?
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How do I know what HDD are compatible with a 2009 Macbook Pro?
Internal Hard Drives - Future Shop
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If in any doubt as to what HDD to buy to replace the one you are taking out, phone an Apple dealer.

When you install the OS onto your new drive you will be given the option of importing your settings, Files and Programs from Time Machine. Just follow the on-screen instructions.
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Get any hard drive that is 2.5 inches. 250GB drives will not be of the size that doesn't fit (like 640gb and larger drives are 12mm rather than 9.5mm) - get a SATA connection (not SATA 2).

Yes, Time Machine will help you out. You'll be able to restore from your time machine back up - once you install the hard disk, you're going to want to boot your computer from the OS X disc, run disk utility to format the disk (Mac OS Extended - Journaled) and then run the installer. You should also be able to choose "restore from time machine backup."

Voila.
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Thanks everyone, I will keep this thread updated as soon as I know more.
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Good luck in your journey, my son!
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