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My MacBook Pro mid 2012 model froze up so I decided to manually restart it. When it was booting up a flashing file folder with a question mark inside of it appeared on the screen and would not continue to boot! I looked into the problem online and the apple forum said either the OS failed or it was my hardrive. I ran a diagnostic on the computer and everything was fine except the hardrive flagged unresponsive. It didn't fail the test but showed that it didn't run the test at all. I pulled out the hardrive, tested it personally and found out that it was spinning. I didn't see why the hardrive would be bad and suspected that the cable was my problem. I looked into this problem online and it appeared that there were tons of people with Macbooks that had experienced the same thing I was due to a bad hardrive cable. Feeling determined to fix my problem and save some money I decided to do it on my own with the help of my life saving app ifixit!!!
My repair went amazing!!! Let me start off by saying that I am just a normal college kid that knows very little about computers and was in no need to spend hundreds of dollars at a repair shop that wanted to overcharge and attempt to fix stuff that was fine lol. I heard about ifixit from a friend and looked on there website to find my part. The website was very well put together and it was very easy to find my part that I needed. I paid for first class usps mail which was $7 and got it 2 days later when it should have taken 5. I live in FL and it shipped from CA. It was great shipping and it came in a nice protective package. Once I was ready to fix my Macbook I downloaded the app for ifixit and started to follow the instructions step by step. I was very scared hardly knowing what I was doing but the app gave beautiful instructions with real picture examples. Needless to say it worked perfectly and with the help from the app I was able to fix it on my own and save $150 instead of taking it to a professional for a quick 15 min fix!!! With my first computer repair under my belt I feel ready to take on the world!!! Thanks ifixit
If you are experiencing on your MacBook Pro a flashing file folder with a question mark inside of it then there is a good chance that your hardrive cable has gone bad. Many people doubted me that it was the cable but this is a very common problem in these computer and it was my problem. If you're certain that the cable is your problem then I would try fixing it yourself using ifixit's app! I saved a lot of money and it was an easy quick fix!