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I got to my office one morning and started up my computer. Went out for coffee while it was booting up. When I came back it wasn't ready and instead showing and icon meaning that no bootable operating system had been found. Decided to boot with internet recovery to figure out if the hard drive was being detected using Disk Utility. Unfortunately it didn't. Now, it was broken out in three outcomes, eirther the hard drive was faulty, the cable or the logic board. It couldn't the logic board as the internet recovery booted fine, still gave it a go trying to boot a USB with Snow Leopard on it, and booted fine. Took the hard drive and plugged it using a USB to SATA adapter, it was alive. So, I narrowed down to proble to hard drive to logic board communication. I tried to play a bit with the cable, managed to make it boot once, it wasn't the board connector. It was the %#*@ cable! So I had to replace it.
The cable arrived pretty fast though I'm in France. I had dismantled my computer many times and I am pretty comfortable working with electronics, I work on spatial projetcs often. So it was very easy, didn't follow any guide!
Well, though the problem was solved pretty easily and quickly I still remain curious about how the %#*@ cable went bad! It makes absolutely no sense, this is a common problem on this computers, and the cable is expensive for what it is! So for prevention, turn off your computer when you're using it for a while, and when packing it in a back pack put the USB connectors down the bottom of the bag, so that if it falls down or someting happens, the hard drive is not hit directly, nor the cable for that matter!