Easy solution to what seems to be a common issue with mid-2009 models (po
My computer suddenly hung when I was browsing the web. I did a hard reboot, only to discover that the hard drive was no longer detected (blinking folder with question mark). I also experienced the "POSIX reports: The operation couldn’t be completed. Cannot allocate memory." issue may also be caused by a dead/dying cable.
I'd rate the difficulty of this repair 1/10 stars, 10 being the hardest. Read the instructions to remove the hard drive and replace the cable – then turned around and did it.
If you can afford to wait for the item to ship to you, and ten more minutes, then you should fix this yourself. Had blinking folder, ordered a cable from ebay. Fine for a week. Got POSIX error, ordered a cable from this site. Still fine. The cable I got from ebay was most definitely in used condition, nicks and bends galore. On here, although cable is listed as used, I was pleasantly surprised by what looked to be a new cable. Even had the adhesive with the peel-off paper still on (the thinner part of the cable). Quality product.