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Macbook Pro wreck hard discs

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I have a MacBook pro and it stopped booting, Disk Utils couldn't mount the disk so I fitted a new Mac specific drive (I know there is no such thing but it came from a Mac dealer and sold as such)

it lasted about 3 weeks and the same again. I couldn't access when plugged into a USB caddy.

I bought another one this time from PC world, (A WD Blue). This lasted about 2 days. The drive is completely un accessible.

I have tried in a caddy, even placed it in a PC laptop and tried running format tools on it. The drive is not shown as being connected. (from the BIOS).

This is the 3rd drive the MacBook has wrecked. Any idea as to what is happening.

Andy
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by:Scott Thomson
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If I had to guess I would say that the usb port is brokded and firing out excessive voltage.. over time killing the drives and then they are dead as a door nail..

either that or you happen to be the randomly unluckiest person ever and you managed to find 3 dead drives in a row..

I guess the last option is the cable or the caddy itself letting in too much power?

How good are you with electronics?
do you have a voltmeter?
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by:Andy Green
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The HD is the internal HDD. I only tried it in an external caddy to test it.

ANdy
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by:Scott Thomson
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same scenario really..

Except I guess now you can add hearing or some kind of magnetic interference?
Did you try in the caddy before or after the drive was already broken?

Id your MacBook under warranty?
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by:Andy Green
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After - I was able to install the OS from the web and bootcamp. (I only put bootcamp on the second drive so its not this)

Mac is 3 years old now so no warranty.

I was wondering if the mac has password protected the drive, that's why I couldn't read from a caddy, But would have expected a BIOS format to have found the drive, but it doesn't

Andy
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bios should pick up the drive no matter what..
so it means the drives appear to be dead I would say.. is there any sound coming from them?

tick sounds or anything like that?
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I can hear them spinning up and I can hear the heads clicking. Question is how can the MacBook do this.

Ansy
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That's going to be harder question to answer without access to the hardware itself.
I would say its hardware based.. but what to do is more a question for you

repair with a tech
replace it
try another drive in a different machine for 4 weeks then see if it breaks in the MAC

there aren't too many options left.
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Thanks. Looks like its gonna be a genius bar appointment.

Andy
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