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Brought temperamental MacBook Pro to he Apple Store where a guy from the "genius bar" diagnosis revealed a failing HD. He recommended iFixit.com for the part and install guide. I ordered a 500GB HD kit which included a comprehensive tool set. t
The drive was a perfect fit. The tool kit was certainly worth the extra cost. Could not partition the HD however. Received "cannot allocate memory" messages. Internet research led me to try partitioning with HD connected via USB cable which worked perfectly. The"bad" HD was performing normally as well.
Internet threads suggested the internal HD ribbon cable was the culprit and I ordered a new one.
1. Kudos to iFixit.com. Great service, great guides. Smart suggestions.
2. The tool kit included was a smart acquisition. My 6-piece home center screw drivers have been retired.
3. The internet is a good starting place for diagnosing hardware/software problems. The Apple Store's diagnostics rivaled a Las Vegas magician act but, in the end, was incorrect.