I have a 2,26GHz mid-2009 macbook pro with 8Gb Ram and mountain lion (mac os x 10.8.2). Recently my computer doesn' t stop freezing and I have to force the computer to shut down. Then I cannot boot at all the computer shows a flashing folder with a question mark. When I run disk utility from the installation cd then I am able to boot from the drive again but it will eventually starts lagging after a few minutes of utilization with software's such as safari, skype or even the finder. I wanted to get a ssd recently. Will it fix this issue or the problem might lie elsewhere? I tried to boot from different sessions it always freezes at a moment, I have been able to run a virus scan disk and I didn't find any virus nor trojans .

  • What does this sentence mean? "I wanted to get a sad recently"
    – AllInOne
    Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 18:40
  • Take your MBP to a dealer to have it checked for HW issues (especially HD and RAM).
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 18:43
  • AllInOne, I think he means he wanted to get an SSD recently.
    – gesher
    Commented Dec 26, 2012 at 19:21
  • If the problem is due to HDD failure, replacing it with an SSD will probably fix the problem. If the problem is on your logic board, replacing the HDD will do nothing. Follow Patrix suggestion. Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 0:31
  • By the way if the logic board is messed up... I will be messed up I can't afford a new laptop now and the apple care warranty has expired years ago.
    – esmitex
    Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 8:01

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I changed the sata cable of the drive and it is working fine now.

  • Yay! Since it's a pretty old Mac, I'll recommend that you do upgrade to an SSD. The performance boost is amazing in my experience.
    – neeks
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 14:41

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