Model A1225 / Early 2009 / 2.66, 2.93, or 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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mac freezes, then question mark at startup. HD problem

last months mac is getting much slower after a while (just 1 app open) usually photoshop or final cut. now and then it would freeze, screen blacks out, nothing i can do but push the startbutton.

that's when it starts up with a "?" folder blinking.

Boot from install disk works, i can see my external drives, but usually no internal HD to be found.

Then the next morning, mac would start up & everything is fine.

until next freeze..

i' ve gotten about 7 in the last 3 months.

last time, before today, my internal HD did show up when booting from the install disk. so I ran repair disk from disk utilities. checked everything and got a green line at the bottom saying: The volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK.

I then choose the mac HD as startup disk, restarted & all was fine.

Last night, it was getting slower again, but i had no freeze and i shut down normally.

This morning, 'question mark' flashing on my cold mac!!

(i was thinking it was getting to warm and therefor frooze)

no internal HD in disk utilities, i do see my ext HD's

are those symptons of a dying (dead) Hard disk ?

Or could it just be the cable connecting, since disk utility said all was fine with the HD.

or is it too old almost 4yrs and do i need to get a new one?

ps. i do have a back-up. (time machine)

please help.

sincerely, Cy.

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(past) Time to replace your hard drive. You may need to get one directly from Apple as this unit needs one with the heat sensors in the drive or you will have fan problems.

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ThanX a lot for the quick reply.

I'll check with the apple store in town.

ps. is it normal that i did't get an email to tell me that someone answered?

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