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The original hard drive stopped working, so I got a new SSD (Crucial MX300, 275GB, part number CT275MX300SSD1) to put into the MacBook Pro and make a clean install of macOS.

Installation of High Sierra using an USB drive looked like it went through well, but when the MacBook Pro rebooted, it got to a screen where it just shows a flashing folder icon with a question mark inside.

After that failed, I tried a second time using Network Recovery and installed Mountain Lion. Same flashing folder icon after reboot. NVRAM reset did not fix the issue.

After wiping the drive once again, I immediately ran a volume check using Disk Utility and it told me that the volume was damaged.

Output of diskutil verifyVolume disk1s2:

Started file system verification on disk1s2 Macintosh SSD
Check file system
Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume
Checking extents overflow file
The volume Macintosh SSD could not be verified completely
Error: -69845: File system verify or repair failed
Underlying error: 8: POSIX reports: Exec format error

So maybe the issue lies on the SSD itself?

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  • What exact error do you get in disk utility? – X_841 Dec 6 '20 at 17:43
  • @X_841 I added the output of diskutil to the question. – larscm Dec 6 '20 at 20:18
  • Someone here on AD had a very similar question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/251160/… Maybe try that? – X_841 Dec 6 '20 at 20:45
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It turned out the hard drive cable was faulty. I found a couple of Q&A's on the net (like https://de.ifixit.com/Antworten/Ansehen/356610/Hard+Drive+SATA+cable+failing+related+to+the+battery+brackets) that highlighted the issue and so i decided to give a new cable a try. I ordered a new one, replaced it and now everything works without any issues.

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