I have also got a 2013 MBP, but I am curious as to what caused the older one to quit.
The battery has been no good for a while, but I could use it while plugged in. I lent it out for a few days and while it was gone it quit. Trying to restart gave message something like "computer ran into a problem press any key to restart"
It will start and show options if I press the option key, but once I pick an option - Hard drive: Recover: even re-installation of Mavericks that I tried, I get Apple logo and gear that spins for a bit and then seems to stop.
I mostly use Windows PCs and have run into different types of problems that I manage to solve, but this is the first with a Mac. If the hard drive is toast, would it still boot? Thinking back to the problems I had with my desktop hard-drive I suppose it would.
I do not have an external drive. I do have a firewire cable, but presumably would need to buy an adapter to use it with my 2013 MBP. I just looked up Target Drive mode as I did not know about it before.
Lots of options within OSX. First retry the recovery partition: Command-R on boot. This will get you to the recovery partition. Reinstall if need be. (= Archive & install). If I read rightly you don't get this option. HDD or internal SATA cable may indeed be dead.
I got around to trying the command & s today. Showed me a bunch of stuff I did not understand. Looked up some commands - entered ls - entered exit - waited for another bunch of stuff - mostly I think showing exiting from internet.
(It's been a long time since I entered anything in a command line and I think that was probably for Linux.)
Can't remember if I pressed off and then on or it just rebooted, but anyway it is now working again and wanted to send message to Apple re problem. The message did not give me any clues as to what was wrong.
Hi: I have been busy doing other things, and did not see the last post in time, as the
laptop stopped working again. Just started tonight to try various things (including fsck -fy), but with no success so far.
Probably will not have time to do much for a bit, as I have to get caught up on tax stuff. Haven't even bought this year's program yet.
Larkie, have you tried starting it up from the system OS disk that came with the MacBook (yeah, I know, it's been 8 years)? I have that model - still ticking along great (after one surgery to replace a burnt-out DC-in (magsafe) board).
Hexdiy noted above that if the standard Recovery boot doesn't do the trick, the NetBoot option should (barring non-HD hardware issues) get it up and running. I just want to add the caveat that this can be a very slow process, as the computer is downloading a basic OS over the 'net. You may think that nothing is happening, but let it run its course.