macbook pro 2010 wont start up!

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I have a macbook pro mid 2010. it was acting super weird and sluggish so I did a smc reset. When I pressed power to start up it starts loading and shuts down.

Its running mavericks. It has 16gb rams. And 1tb harddrive with over 750 GB free.
 
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Well, you did an SMC reset already. Have you recently installed any apps that could be auto loading and causing issues? Here are a few thinks you can try to get you up and running again.

Try a PRAM reset - Turn on your Mac. Immediately press and hold the Option-Command-P-R keys simultaneously. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears. Continue holding the keys down until your Mac restarts, and you hear the startup sound for the second time then release the keys.

If that does not help try starting in Recovery Mode: Hold down the Command + R keys while turning on your mac. Select Disk Utility, select your hard drive and do a disk repair and a permissions repair.

Hopefully that will help but if not you might try safe mode and see if you have any thing auto loading that is new and could be causing problems. To enter safe mode start your mac and hold down the shift key until you see the gray startup window with the bar going across. It will check your start up volume and disable anything from auto loading. Go to your system preferences -> Users & Groups -> select your user name and click on the "Login Items" tab. If you see anything that should not be auto loading you will have to click on the lock in the left corner to unlock it and then you can select the item and press the "-" button to remove it. Try restarting and see what you have.

If all this fails post back and let us know what you have found out. We can go from there.

Lisa
 
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just an observation

over the years I've read many replies to threads where users have cited a problem and asked for help. recently on some forums it's become fashionable to chastise the person asking for help and emphatically state they did not furnish enough information with regard to what computer they are using and the name of the system. having been on the receiving end of such remarks I feel a special sympathy for computer users with problems. sorry I got wordy but I just want to say that Lisa deserves an award for the nice and helpful way she went out of her way to solve this users problem. kudos to you Lisa
 
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Well that was sweet of you to say chassey4 but I did feel they provided enough information to at least give them some things to start out trying. Hopefully they will try what I suggested!

I do know what you are referring to but I have found 99% of the people who post here regularly are polite and helpful. Every forum has the occasional grump. There are great admins and mods here that keep the snarking to a bare minimum, which I know I appreciate. That is one of the reasons I stick around here and I like the nice people found here. Trust me, I know rude! I have yet to find a Windows forum I have been willing to invest time in.


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Well did you leave Lisa with positive feedback? Click on the little tick/cross box if you do not see the icon in the r.h. corner. Depends on version of interface you are using.
 
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Thank you for the reply! Unfortunately I think my issue runs a little deeper than I thought. When I tried to go in through recovery and do a disk repair received an alert that read " the partition map needs to be repaired because there's a problem with the efi system partition's' s file system." It also stated that the "disk utility can't repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possibl, reformation the disk, and restore your backed up files."

Fortunately for me this isn't the macbook's original hard drive. So I can boot up using tube old one. But how can I back up and repair the hated drive? I can still see the hard drive when I boot up with the second drive. And I can still see that it didn't loose data. So it didn't completely crash. If It can be repaired, is the drive no longer reliable?

Also the drive giving me trouble is an sshd... Not sure if this changes anything.
 
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Make a backup of the data on the problem disk first. Nothing else matters until that is done.
 
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If you can boot with the old drive and see the problem drive when you attach it, attach a third drive (preferable) or use the old drive you are using to start up with (if there is enough room) and start moving files, apps, downloads, etc. Get all you can off the drive - it is in BAD shape.

If it were me, after I got everything off of it I would erase it and see what happened You may get error messages - who knows until you try. The error you are getting when you tried to fix the drive is not good. I would not trust it to be my main system drive again. I would replace it.

Lisa
 

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