Hey all. Recently I had the misfortune of having (what I think was) hard drive failure on my September 2009 MacBook Pro. When I started the computer, a flashing folder icon with a question mark appeared.
I booted from the Snow Leopard install disk and ran Disk Utility to see if I could repair the drive. Disk Utility didn't even show the drive, just the install DVD. After a few hours of the laptop being off, I was able to start it normally and copy most of my important files to an external hard drive before the OS froze, and subsequent reboots showed a flashing folder icon.
When I booted the laptop using the install disk as a startup disk, it could not recognize my new hard drive as a viable installation disk. It didn't show up in Disk Utility, and when I went to install the OS, the drive was not available for selection as an installation drive. Is this something more sinister than hard drive failure? Any suggestions on what to do to fix this?