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    HELP!! MacBook not booting

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    Unhappy HELP!! MacBook not booting
    Hi I have a MacBook 13" 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB, 160GB HDD, Unibody, OS X Leopard

    It is stuck on the startup screen with the apple logo and the spinning thing underneath. I have tried booting in safe mode (no luck), I have reset the PRAM and the one where you take the battery out and hold down the on button (sorry forgot the name). I have tried putting the disk in and when it gets to select destination nothing happens.
    I have tried disk utility, put when I try to partition the HDD it says error. When I try to Zero the HDD it says error. The HDD has been verified though. I can't get to an apple store.

    Any Ideas? I am also willing to trade it for an iPad if all else fails. It is fully boxed and comes with everything. A couple of scratches on the top, but nothing major. If you think you can fix it then I think that is a great deal.

    But obviously if you think you can help me out please do. Thanks in advance. I'm also in the UK

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting
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    how long have you left it to see if it boots? sometimes it just takes forever, and is usually a bad drive.
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    HELP!! MacBook not booting

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    Quote Originally Posted by robduckyworth View Post
    how long have you left it to see if it boots? sometimes it just takes forever, and is usually a bad drive.
    Tried all last night, so about 6 hours, but been like it all week, been trying for hours at a time.

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting
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    Certainly sounds like your HDD has died on you, best thing to do is to swap it out with a new one, install the OS then restore from a backup (if you have any) or try and recover your files manually using an external USB enclosure.

    Hope this helps a little,

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    Certainly sounds like your HDD has died on you, best thing to do is to swap it out with a new one, install the OS then restore from a backup (if you have any) or try and recover your files manually using an external USB enclosure.

    Hope this helps a little,

    - Simon
    Thanks Simon, I'll give it a try

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting
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    No problem, keep us posted on it or if you have any more questions.

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard2010 View Post
    No problem, keep us posted on it or if you have any more questions.

    - Simon
    I have put the external drive in, and it has popped up straight away with no problems under select a destination.

    So what I think I will do is buy a new Hitachi 160gb SATA 2.5" drive. It's £25.00 off eBay. What do you think? I have also bought a new MacBook Pro (which is lightning) to use now.

    I would still like to sort my MacBook out though, I think I have now lost all my data anyway. Luckily all my coursework was backed up. If I have any more problems I will let you know, thanks regards
    Sam

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting
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    Well you never know with eBay buys but hopefully it will be absolutely fine, it certainly should be compatible with your MB.
    By new MBP do you mean brand-new latest model? If so then nice purchase!!! If you fancy selling your MacBook after you recovered your stuff I may be interested specially as you are in West Midlands and i'm in East Midlands
    Absolutely any more questions you know where we all are

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting

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    Thanks again, and it is the brand new one. The i5 is fast.
    I'll let you know how I get on and if I have anymore questions.

    I'll probably take you up on that offer if I can sort it. It'll probably take a week or 2 though yet.

    Thanks

    -Sam

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    HELP!! MacBook not booting
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    Make sure you do

    Great if you do take me up on the offer, could do with another laptop, my old one (no in the possession of my other-half is coming to a slow death, pretty sure she wants a mac too

    Hope to hear soon (but no rush)

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