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Why is MacBook Pro stuck in Apple logo with a spinning wheel?

I was updating the software for my MacBook Pro, and suddenly I got and important call and closed the lid and now my machine won't boot. It's stuck on the Apple logo and a spinning wheel. Please help.

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I have a macbook pro early 2008 I am using now 10.6.8...

I am trying to install 10.9 using a bootable USB, but I am stuck for hours staring at the spinning wheel. Any suggestions on what to do? I am now using 10.6.8 at the moment. Help me please.


I followed Mayer's suggestion below and it worked. I think my obsolete 2008 MaC per Apple is on its last hardware legs, but it is running again. Thank you Mayer! You have my vote!


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Try starting up in Safe Mode, then try finishing your updates. To start in safe mode hold down the Shift key when starting up. Were you doing a system upgrade or software updates? If you've installed Lion, start up holding down the "R" key.

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hi thanks for your time i already did that but i will load and remain in the same stage. i tried booting from cd by pressing c at start up but still hang at the same screen i am using Mac OS X Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD. could this be a problem with the cd? i cannot find the original disc that came with the laptop. anything else i need to do?


Of course your Disk Repair utility is on that original disk. Some of the very early 10.6 upgrade disk were actually upgrade disks, while some were full install. I'm concerned that you can't load from your DVD. Unplug everything and hold down the power button for 10 seconds. Next lets zap the PRAM. Restart holding down the Command, Option and P & R keys. Hold it till it tones three times then let go and see if it boots. Also do you have another Intel Mac of any type?


i solved the problem with an original Mac OS X 10.6.3 for MacBook Pro 13INCH. i did full system restore. if you have data on your HDD remove the HDD and connect to usb on another Mac and backup your data. then do a full system restore by pressing C at startup Before the CHIM sound. Good Luck.


Mayer I tried your last comment and it didnt work ziggyb629


@ Jacm Baker - You may have a different problem here. How about creating your own question with all of your details.


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Solution that worked for me. First, this is for the late 2011 Mac

Book Pro.

After doing a software update for Office 2011, my mac got stuck on the start up with the logo and spinning wheel.

Power down you macbook. Now press and hold the "Option" key and the Power button at the same time until a screen comes up with two icons: one that says "macintosh HD" and another that says "recovery HD"

Press on Recovery HD. Then when the utilities screen comes up, click on "reinstall Mac OS X"

You will see a progress bar that says it will take about 16 hours.

Just leave our monitor in the open position.

The next morning, I clicked the trackpad and my screen was black. Then I clicked on F2 to increase the brightness and there was my desktop!

I powered it down again just to make sure it would reboot correctly and it did.

Hope this helps!

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Yeah. This solution worked perfectly! I got am an estimated time of 1 hour and 25 minutes for recovery. I will update if when it recovers! Thanks! This is it!


Any chance of lost data if I have no back up externals


If your drive is in trouble you may want to find a friend with a Mac so you can connect yours in Target Mode and then salvage your important files. Afterwards run Disk Utility from your friends system to see if you can fix it that way. If you have a bootable external drive you can try booting up with it.

Its iffy just trying to re-install the OS as you may end up with more of a mess.


It said "cannot installed on the recovery HD"


It takes me back to the apple logo with the spinning wheel of death when i Press the recovery and Also the macintosh hd logo


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When your Macbook hangs at startup.It could indicate a hardware or software related issue.

Hard ware issue can be detected by running disk utility.If your hard drive is falling, You should immoderately attempt to back up all the information on your computer on prevent losing valuable business data such as contacts ,Email ,Projects and invoices .Then take your Macbook to an Apple store or repair shop to install a new hard drive .If the problem software related ,you can get your Macbook up and running again with a few troubleshooting steps .

> Safe Boot

> Disk Utility

> Single-User Mode

> Recovery Console

=> Use disk utility to check the status of your hard disk and make sure that you do not have a failing hard drive.

Shutdown your computer ; restart and then hold down the "Command -R" keys untill you see the OS X Recovery utility screen .

Select the "Disk Utility" option and select the "First Aid" tab

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