Slow Mac? Could be a HDD (Hard Disk Drive) or SSD (Solid-State-Drive) SATA Cable failing

Macbook Slow? Could be the HDD or the SATA Cable?

One problem we have noticed at our workshop is a failing hard drive cable in MacBook Pros.

That’s the little flat ribbon cable that connects the hard drive to the logic board.

It is a much harder problem to diagnose, because it generally acts just like a system with a failing hard drive

Although we have not seen traditional desktop style SATA cable go bad we see the problem quite often in Macbooks.

Macbooks with bad cables don’t crash, or freeze. They just hang for a while randomly, then come back. JUST like a hard drive with lots of bad blocks.

So if you have a Macbook with signs of a failing HDD, bring it to the IT Guys are take it to your nearest Apple professional and ask them to check the drive AND the cable.

See …Why is my Mac so slow?

Also, DO NOT replace the cable with another 2nd hand cable as the problems may continue.

The IT Guys WA supply and fit replacement cables. Contact us for a quote.

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If you live in Western Australia, and you need any kind of computer help, please bring your computer to us at 315 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, Western Australia or call us out. You can email us at or call:

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