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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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I got my cousins old macbook pro as a gift that was running 10.6. I tried to reformat it but it has been stuck on the white apple screen for over an hour. What can I do?
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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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likely a bad block on the drive - you can try a zero out but drives are cheap



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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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What does a bad block mean? the computer was working fine before i tried to reformat it
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Old Jul 22nd, 2011, 12:43 AM   #4
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What disc did you boot it from?
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snow leopard that he gave me. im assuming its the same one he used to install it. if it wasnt would that make a difference?
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snow leopard that he gave me. im assuming its the same one he used to install it. if it wasnt would that make a difference?
It would make a difference. If the SL disc is a retail disc that's a version older than what the MBP shipped with, you'll get stuck at the Apple logo as the symptom. (By OS X version, I mean 10.6.1, 10.6.2, etc., etc.).
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Yes that is possible.

Computers can work fine even with multiple bad blocks - which are defects in the magnetic surface.

These usually show up around the edge of the platter just where you would be installing on with a fresh install.

But it's possible to hang on the wrong install.

Restart by holding the power button down, do a write zeros erase and then try again.
Without other tools you can't tell.

If you have another Mac you could try a clone from it.



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