please bear with me, I know windows much better than mac.
A friend has a 4 year old macbook pro that doesn't boot. I press the power button, get the chime, white screen with apple,spinning circle and thermometer along the bottom of screen. The thermometer dark area works its way across over about 10 minutes then repeats.
The friend said they took the machine to the apple store and the guys there put in / replaced a wire connecting to the hard drive, I think she said. They were going to replace the hard drive and reinstall the OS for $127? But wouldn't get involved in getting data off the old drive.
I took the drive out, connected it to windows PC, installed Paragon HFS app and was able to copy all the data off the hard drive (besides the user folder and the pictures, docs, etc. I could see and copied other folders.) I ran crystaldisk info and it said there were no smart errors on that drive.
I put the drive back in the mac, booted up and the same white screen, slow thermometer continues.
Any advice at this point? Like in a PC, can I get into the bios (or equivalent) to see if it even sees the physical drive? Any way to do a repair install of the OS (I don't know what version is on the drive).
I do have all the files from that drive on my windows PC, is there's a log file I can look at to see what the issue is, or check size of a file to be able to know what OS version it's at.
Any advice? would you reinstall OS on this drive? or put in new drive and reinstall?
AS for the latter - doing a clean install, how do I get the data back on the machine in the right places?! See