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    MacBook Pro stuck in purgatory [HELP]

    My MacBook Pro (Late-2011) has served me faithfully since early 2012 and never had any serious issues ... until early December last year.

    It became very slow to boot, loading applications was near impossible and general response would take up to 10 seconds before any action was seen.

    Basically, it was bloody shit house. With this in mind I cleared out a few space-hogging applications I no longer needed, ran a series of disk cleaners etc. Nothing helped. Now enter the OSX Mojave update, which is why I am in this situation. The install seemed to be going well until the last 10%~ and it stalled, I left it going for two days straight hoping it would push through it did not. After a series of attempts to shut down and reinstall via utility disc, nothing was working,

    I thought well shit, it's got 7 years of digital crud built up in it and it won't boot correctly, it could probably do with a full wipe and reinstall wiping the disc was easy, the reinstall has not been, and now the result is a laptop forever trying to load the last 10%~ of an update but never quite getting there. With no operating system installed, it won't boot at all.

    Please respond help ...

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    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7794520

    There was a cable issue that was pretty common in the 13 inch macbooks
    Or it could be the HDD, or a SSD. You havent actually given enough info to identify your system

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    Did you do a recovery install?

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204904

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    Siris Le Osiris wrote:
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7794520

    There was a cable issue that was pretty common in the 13 inch macbooks
    Or it could be the HDD, or a SSD. You havent actually given enough info to identify your system
    Late 2011, 15-inch, HDD

    https://support.apple.com/kb/SP644?locale=en_GB

    JC wrote:
    Did you do a recovery install?

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204904
    Yes, now that I've erased the HDD that is my only option for an attempted boot — the recovery install stalls towards the end of the install and will not progress.

    Perhaps sign of the HDD failure as suggest above?

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    HDD came to mind for me, but that was just in a general idea. I have no idea what known issues Apple has with cables. If you do just have a crappy old HDD though, a (you'd have to check compatibility) new SSD would be a good improvement. If the HDD could be proven to be at fault. Can you use USB to reinstall rather than a disc?

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    Yea that one has a similar HDD cable that can fail.
    So yea if it still has issue with another drive it could be the cable
    https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/Mac...le/IF161-086-1