2009 Macbook Pro Frozen During App Store Download Site:discussions.apple.com

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but nothing has changed and the 'restore sound library' is still on the menu.
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I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, all original equipment, that I 'upgraded' (ugh) to El Capitan in early January 2016. Most things still work, though boot and login are noticeably slower than in Lion. (I skipped Mountain Lion and Mavericks, and went to Yosemite in January 2015.). The incremental system updates download fine from the App store then I press restart. The computer changes to the black screen with the white Apple and the the message installing update, the progress bar does not move, after a couple of minutes the Macbook restarts without installing the update and leaving a folder named macOS Install Data on.

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The 'restore sound library' option will always be available. What are you expecting to change? Did you previously have the additional content installed? If not, you should now see more than one Drummer installed and more than 1500 loops.

The additional loops may not show, if you have the preference 'keyword browsing' enabled in the 'GarageBand preferences > Advanced' panel. Disable it, to see all loops in the Loop Browser.

Dec 18, 2014 11:43 AM

Hi guys, and thanks for reading my post.

I have a Macbook Pro mid 2009, and I think I am running 10.7, I honestly can't remember which exact software, but that would be my best guess.

I am getting the blinking/flashing folder with a question mark on it. HELP!

Leading up to this my laptop did the following in the last few days:

  • Unexpectedly shuts down during use.
  • Completely Freezes, no spinning wheel, every thing on the laptop is just frozen and doesn't move.
  • Freezes with the spinning wheel. So I would have to restart.
  • During reboot/starup it showed a odd menu screen before login and showed some english and other languages. ( I believe it was the apple help support screen) I think my laptop recognized that my computer just quit randomly and failed.

I had no viruses, I completed full comprehensive scans with both avast, and Sophos.

At one point I got the folder with the question mark, and then rebooted my computer and then it worked! I was so happy.. I was then In the process of backing up all my data, and then out of no where it froze again.

Now every time I start it, the blinking folder pops up. Command + R, does nothing. I tried holding alt+option key, and the folder disappears, but all that appears is a blank screen and my black mouse cursor.

What would you recommend?

I checked numerous forums, and I am stuck on what I should do next. I read that it might be the Damaged data cable (Sata Cable).

I found this video here showing how to replace it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1IiEe7TSKg.

What do you think the problem is? Should I try taking my hardrive out and try booting it from a external device?

Also, is there anyway I can someone retrieve the data from my hardrive if that is the problem.

Thanks so much for your help, I look forward to some suggestions!


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Note: I have a Solid State Drive. 60 Gigabyte

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