A week after upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, hibernation begins to falter. When I open the lid, I get the Spinning Beachball of Death and have to hold down the power button to restart.
Today when I do this, instead of the normal rEFIt boot menu between Mac and Windows (I use Boot Camp), rebooting only leads me to a blinking folder.
When I hold Option to boot from a specific partition, I get a blank screen.
When I hold Command+Option+P+R to reset the PROM, the chime does sound, but it does not fix the problem.
When I use an Ubuntu livecd, it runs successfully, but it does show this error while booting up:
ata1: COMRESET failed (errno:-32)
When I use a Mac OS X installation disc, Disc Utility does not display a hard drive, only the DVD drive. When I open Terminal.app and ran
df -h, it only shows a 6 GB drive (the Mac installation disc) and a handful of virtual devices (200-300 KB each).
I hear no crunching noises to indicate the hard drive failed. Signs point to a dead hard drive, but I haven't seen any indications of a dying drive until today.