Can't boot up - stuck at spinning wheel against grey background
My problem is quite similar to this thread:
Stuck on grey screen after boot, Disk Utility says HD is OK
however even using Disk Utility to try to start up, I get nowhere. Ditto re start up using my wifi network - I get about 5% along the progress bar, and then I get stuck. But according to Disk Utility, there's nothing wrong with my hard drive.
Prior to trying Disk Utility, with holding shift or shift+V or whatever, about 25% along the progress bar, and then that bar disappears. I have tried and failed with all the other tricks: safe mode, cmd+o+r+option, PRAM/NAVM etc.
Nothing external was connected at the time, I had just been using it to surf. The only thing unusuak was Avast! picking up and quarantining a supposed threat to the laptop (presumed malware). But reading other threads, this doesn't sound like the problem is related to malware.
So essentially, Disk Utility says no hard-drive problems, but can't load up AT ALL, using any method
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Hello, I have the same problem as Paul. I thought my MacBook was just old and bought a new one. Once I migrated my files from my old MacBook to my new MacBook both computers are behaving like Paul's.
I followed your steps and waited the one hour and still have the spinning wheel problem. I know how to remove the battery on the early 2011 MacBook. Can you please tell me what to try next?
Billy - - For future reference you posted a Question in the place where only Answers belong. Please use the add comment link to the O.Q. or a particular Answer. Also tell me what machine, and which version of the OS (be specific) you are using. What was the last thing you did before the problem started? Have you done a safe boot? Di d you unplug all peripherals?
I have two MacBook pro. One is early 2011 and one is 2014 new. I bought the new MacBook to replace the 2011 one due to the spinning wheel issue. I have the newest operating systems in both computers.
The problem began when programs started to freeze. I closed an application. I couldn't reopen it. Then when I attached a file to Outlook that program froze. I would reboot to get the programs to work. Eventually the computer wouldn't reboot.
I transferred my old files from my old MacBook to the new MacBook through the migration program. Now both MacBooks have the same spinning wheel problem.
I performed the safe mode start holding shift and 25% along the progress bar the bar disappears and the same spinning wheel problem persist.
I performed the /sbin/fsck -fy twice because it said it modified the system the first time and waited over an hour. Same spinning wheel problem persist.
I performed the option, command, p, r but same spinning wheel problem persist.
I performed the Shift-Command-V during start up and all I see that appears out of the ordinary to me is BootCacheControl: Unable to open /var/db/BootCache.plylist: 2 No such file or directory
I don't know what to try next. Any idea?
You have a mugged up OS. Repeated crashing will screw up the MBD. This is a software, not a hardware problem. We don't do a lot with/for software issues. What I can tell you is a solution is to backup the important data... By putting your messed up drives in an external case, or Target booting the machines so you can access them from a working Mac. Then wipe the drive completely and reinstall the OS from the R disk volume, do all the updates. Verify the machines are booting/working normally. Then carefully transfer back only the data, you don't want to bring over corrupted fonts, extensions or prefrences.
I can have the shop re install the operating system on my new MacBook but how do I transfer MS Office and my Outlook calenders and contacts from my 2011 MacBook to my new one?
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