SSD problem - folder with question mark / other errors (SATA cable?)
I'm having trouble (again) with my MacBook pro "13 (mid 2012). It started with opening my MacBook out of sleep mode when it suddenly froze. When I tried to boot it afterwards I got at first this weird overlay:
After that, when trying to boot it I had some varations of errors, including:
- Shutting down halfway booting
- Boots but no applications work
- Error message: CoreTelephony Trace File Error
- Error message: Unapproved caller "SecurityAgent may only be invoked by Apple software".
- Folder with question mark
SSD (Samsung Evo 250GB) works when I connect it with a USB to Sata cable.
I did an Apple Hardware test, which gave this error:
- Error: 4hdd/11/40000000 SATA (0.0)
And with "Etre Check" I got this error:
- SSD 250GB (disk2) /Volumes/SSD 250GB : 247.47 GB (233.77 GB free) - 2 errors - Drive failure!
Did PRAM reset, SMC reset etc, but to no avail.
Now to me everything seems to point out that the SATA cable is at fault, but my problem is that I already replaced it once about one and a half year ago, and again 3 months ago. Both times it seems to have fixed the problem, but as you can imagine I'm a bit hesitant to replace it again as it is becoming quite expensive.
In summary I'm looking for advice; Is it the SATA cable again that's at fault here? Is there anything in my logic board (or another component) that might be at fault? Is there any reason why it failed for the third time? Can I prevent that? Should I just buy a new MBP at this point? I'm a bit reluctant to do that as all the other components of my MBP still work very well.
Thanks in advance, I'm very greatful this forum exists and there's people here that want to help others in their free time.
UPDATE: Just for people that encounter the same problem, it was most likely the SATA cable that was at fault here. What I did is I bought a HDD Caddy and placed it where my optical drive used to be, so I did not need to buy an expensive new SATA cable. My SSD works perfectly now. I even put my old HDD 500gb in the spot with the 'faulty' SATA cable, and although I can't boot from it, I can use it as storage space (it does connect). I should probably replace the SATA cable eventually, but for now everything works fine. To prevent the SATA cable from going bad, I would advice the tips which Dan gave above:
"I add a few layers of Kapton tape to help protect the cable and I even take some plastic stock to place on the frame to act as a bumper to protect the cable from a bang from the bottom cover flexing. Lastly, I'm careful on not over bending the folds of the cable as you can distort it causing signal reflections."
Hope that helps.
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