Hard drive replacement or new laptop?
While picking up my 10.6.8, mid2009 White Mac, It slipped and dropped a small height onto hard stone floor. The shock was enough to stop it booting - it automatically boots in safe mode, gets halfway through progress bar, the Hardrive starts clicking, laptop gets warm and then crashes. I tried to boot from the 10.6 install disk (I bought this yesterday online) but when I select to boot from that the computer says to restart it and I can't get past that. Should I be able to at least open the disk with a broken harddrive? I've read it's possible to start from the install disk when the harddrive is taken out (so I did this but still get the restart message immediately when it tries to boot from the install disk - I've checked disk in another laptop and it works fine)
I also started in single user and checked files which took ages and didn't succeed - kept saying incorrect file count for everything
So my question is, do you think a new harddrive is all that is needed, or does it sound like something else could be at fault and it's time for a new laptop?
- It is 7 years old now and has been used a lot!
-it crashed on me last year but I was able to boot and repair in safe mode.
- I have full backup so don't need any files from harddrive