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Dropped my macbook! What to do now?
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Jan 26, 2011, 02:11 PM
Well, it happened - My macbook(2007, OSX Tiger) slipped out of my hand and crashed to the floor. I tried rebooting it and it hangs trying to boot up with the apple screen. There is a distinct tuk-tuk sound and I think there's certainly a HD problem. I then tried booting into the Windows partition and it works! Next I tried using it in the Target Disk Mode and I was able to get most of the files to my imac, but some files wont copy. In Target disk mode, I also tried disk utility to verify the disk and it said it was OK. So then I tried to reinstall OSX (I had anyways planned to wipe the macbook and install Snow Leopard on it). I tried installing on my OSX partition, but after a few minutes, it said not enough space to install and after that it wouldnt show either my OSX or XP partition on the installer or Disk utility???
I quit installer and tried rebooting into windows and that still works.

Is there anyway I can fix the macbook, or do I just have to buy a new Hard disk?
Thanks in Advance for your help.
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Jan 26, 2011, 02:48 PM
get all of your data off. Then try a new hd.

Rub the dent a few times with your thumb ...

Continue life.
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Jan 28, 2011, 04:28 PM
Even if you could get it to reinstall, I would consider the disk highly suspect and would not use it any more.

I consider hard disks fundamentally unreliable and disposable: as soon as one shows any hint of misbehavior, it's a goner in my book and gets replaced ASAP. (I just did this with a disk in my Mac Pro.)
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Feb 1, 2011, 12:47 AM
ya ^

Data loss is a 'when' not an 'if'.

.................. back that &&&& up.
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