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|MacBook Core 2 Duo||
|MacBook Core Duo||
My computer (cir. 2007 macbook, 2.16 core duo, 4 gig ram) has been going to sleep (?) and not waking up. I have been trying to figure out why. It seemed to work without the hard drive in the computer but being read from an external hard drive reader. I thought, just maybe it was a bad SATA cable. It turns out it still goes to sleep with the new SATA cable in it, so that was not the problem...
Repair was easy, guide was accurate.
Easy to do, just keep track of the screws and have the right tools for the job!
Dead hard drive on older macbook 2.1. Tired of putting dead computer equipment in storage until next recycling effort. Decided to spend a little money and see if I could repair/upgrade laptop.
Perfecto. Installed a new SSD drive I already had (sorry next time buying it at ifixit). Then bought new hard drive cable (macbook didn't recognize new hard drive) and added RAM. Used all the how-to resources on ifixit website. Miraculously, everything worked and the macbook is extremely fast and working perfectly. The ifixit guides were very accurate and helpful.
Not sure if this is good advice or not. Before doing install of new hard drive, connect it to macbook as an external drive first to see if the laptop recognizes it. If it doesn't, may need a new cable as I did. BTW, I had removed old hard drive and had my work IT guy confirm that it was dead.
A few weeks ago I rented Saw on iTunes and it had difficulty playing, stalling in the first five minutes. I shut down my Macbook (late 2006 black) and when restarting got the blinking question mark folder. When inserting the OS X software disc, the drive was not recognized. I wanted to do some psychological terror to my Macbook right there and then.
Instead, I slept on it. I learned laptops make poor pillows. After doing some reading about HD issues with Macbooks, I learned it must be the hard drive and possibly the hard drive cable that was broken.
To be doubly sure of a functioning laptop, I replaced both the HD and cable. The cable was very easy to install and the directions were very helpful.
This was an easy repair and cost effective - the cable and the hard drive (500 GB) together were $50. Next time I'll install an SSD on my fiance's newer Macbook Pro and will look to iFixit for directions and advice for doing so.
My 13" MacBook stopped booting due to the OS not being found. I tried a friend's extra OS X-installed hard drive with no luck so I assumed that the hard drive cable was to blame.
The iFixit repair guide was a lot better than the various YouTube videos I'd looked at. I should have paid a bit closer attention to which size screwdriver to use for which screws, as I ended up stripping one screw a little bit, but overall the process went pretty cleanly.
Unfortunately after the replacement nothing changed. I tried some RAM resets and then booted in Verbose mode only to realize the alternate hard drive had a version of OS X that wasn't supported by my hardware. Whoops. Then after reinstalling the original hard drive I realized that the hard drive was the problem all along.
Make sure to try alternative boots and run in verbose mode before determining the cause of the problem. Assumptions can lead you down an unnecessary path. Also, if the hard drive might be the problem, listen really closely. I've heard hard drive clicking before, but I missed it this time (prior to try the repair) and would have caught it with a bit more care.
Getting the spudger and screwdrivers was worth it though, as now I can fix many other things much more easily. In fact I was able to fix my mother's old handheld CD player.
I had used this Mac to test various drives including SSD, they didn't always fit and over time the cable had become damaged next to the connector.
Finally it would no longer recognize a disc drive present.
Repair was easy to do , I followed the guide on ifixit to take apart the case.
Lots of tuny screws but was able to replace cable without much trouble.
stash all the little screws in baggies and label them so you know where they go when you need to reassemble. go slow.