Ok, I'm a pc guy, but have a friend with a macbook pro, the hard drive, a standard sata 2.5 inch has failed, just a little over a year, enough to be out of warranty of course. Mac wanted almost $300 to replace it, and I can get a 7200 rpm 500 for under $100. Problem is, she doesn't have a cd or dvd with the o/s on it. Is there something that can be done to get the o/s, or does she have to purchase it again?
Yes, the hard drive is definitely trashed, won't spin up and not recognized by any system. And starting in safe mode or with the special command style prompt does not work either.