I am using MacBook Pro Mid 2012 and it's been running really slow for the past few weeks and i was able to recover from that when I plugged the hard drive externally, so i think the issue is with the hard drive cable, even though my problem is not this, glad if you could mention something about this too. I don't have any other option than booting externally until I get this fixed which might take a week or so.

Will this have a bad impact on my hard drive?. What are the things that i should worry about other than loose connections?


If I understand you correctly, you have removed the internal hard drive from you MacBook Pro and inserted it into an external caddy. When used like this, the performance of the hard drive is much better. It sounds like the internal SATA cable is damaged.

There should be no issue with using an external bootable disk. While typically the performance of an external connection is slower than using an internal connection, your case is an exception.

As you said, keep the connection to the disk secure. If the disk is disconnected before shutting down, it could lead to file corruption, volume corruption, or other data loss.

To make sure it finds the disk easily during boot, I’d recommend:

  1. Connect the external disk before powering on the Mac arch time.
  2. Select the external disk as the default boot volume in System Preferences > Start Up Disk (you may need to unlock the padlock before you can select th disk).

Finally, I would recommend contacting Apple Support. If covered by warenty, AppleCare, or Consumer Law, service may be free. Also, if a repair program is available for this issue, it could also cover the cost of repair.

  • but i here a ugly sound from the hard drive when i shutdown the macbook,its the same sound we hear when we shutdown the macbook by pressing the power button,is this bad – Priyamal Apr 16 '18 at 2:47
  • @Priyamal, It's hard to tell what the sound is without hearing it. However, the sound you hear is probably the hard disk heads quickly parking. I would not worry about it. – The_Stewart Apr 30 '18 at 10:28

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