Released June 2012, Model A1278. Intel processor with Turbo Boost, Up to 512 MB DDR5 Video RAM

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HDD stops working because "no space"

I overfilled my HDD. It's not bootable anymore. I tried connecting it through USB to SATA cable with another macbook so I can erase some files but with no luck. It's not shown when I plug it, but when I go to "Disk Utility" I can see it there but I can't repair it.

Is there any way to access it so I can erase some files or at least get a back up?

Thanks in advance!

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On this model Apple will replace the cable for free. Just call an ASP and ask! I don't care if you think the new hard drive is working. It most likely will not for long. Apple would not be doing this unless a class action law suit was threatened.

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HOLD EVERYTHING HERE!

Don't do anything with the drive! As you likely have a bad drive cable.

Take the drive out of the system and try connecting it externally via a SATA to USB adapter cable like this one: Startech 2.5" SATA to USB adapter If the system boot up you've proven the issue is the cable.

Even still, the drive may have corruptions due to the bad cable so it may not boot up. You'll need to create a fresh startup drive to then salvage your files as well as fix your current drive. If you have access to another Mac system you can create a bootable USB thumb drive to boot up your system to check your drive.

As to the cable, Apple has been quietly replacing them for free! Visit an Apple Store or an Apple authorized service center to have them replace it.

If you just can't get to either here is the guide you'll need to follow & the part info: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Hard Drive Cable Replacement.

This is a very common problem with this series.

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@danj just noticed the cable in the above picture, on this guide, is not even the 2012

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I replaced the HDD abd the new one is working. So the cable is good. And I've connected the old HDD, which stops working, with SATA to USB, but it doesn't work as I mentioned.

P.S. I can see it when I open the disk utility. When I click "verify" it says that there is an error and I need to repair it by clicking on "repair". When I do that it says that it's not repairable!

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Is it even possible to "overfill" a storage device?

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There is definitely more wrong with your drive then the fact that it is full - you will need to try and repair it using software (disk utility might do the trick), and if that fails, you will need to replace it.

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Repair through disk utility didn't work

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Disk Utility, FSCK failed!!! Software such as Volume Optimizer or Disk Warrior can repair the hard drive. This could be the last bet to get the HDD fixed. But if your HDD is damaged physically then none software can fix it. You have to backup the data (are you able to?) and replace the HDD. Source - http://www.macintosh-data-recovery.com/r...

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I second Sam Freeman replies. A Mac will boot up and show you a message like "Your startup disk is almost full" but it won't refuse to boot. Your disk seems to have developed some issues. Is it acting straneg like clicking, ticking sound etc.? More importantly, do you have a backup of your Mac hard drive?

If backup exist then you can restore your Mac from Mac OS X Utilities and copy your data from the backup. Erasing the MBP drive will eradicate the file system problems. However, it will not work on a physically damaged hard drive.

FSCK - Restart your Mac and press-hold Command+S button while Mac is booting. You’ll enter single-user mode, which will provide you with a text-mode terminal. Type the following command into the terminal and press Enter to start a file system check: /sbin/fsck -fy

The command will run through several phases of checks. When it’s done, you’ll see a message saying “** The volume [name] appears to be OK” if everything is fine.

If it found problems, you’ll see a “***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****” message. This indicates the fsck command found and fixed problems. The fsck command may find additional errors after repairing the first batch of errors, so Apple recommends you run the fsck command again if it found and fixed problems. Run the above fsck command over and over until you see a “** The volume [name] appears to be OK” message.

When the fsck command says your disk is okay, type the following command at the terminal and press Enter:

reboot

Your Mac will reboot, returning you to the usual login screen.

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Unfortunately, it didn't work

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