> On Feb 24, 2018, at 3:44 PM, Mac User #330250 <macuser330...@gmx.net> wrote:
>> Even if the HDD was toast, the Mac would not shutdown: it would say "I can't
>> find any boot disk" - or something like that.
>> And if the HDD was corrupted, the Mac would show the folder icon with a
>> flashing question mark (meaning "Cannot find a valid system to boot").
> HDD failures don't have to be total. Sometimes only some sectors are
> corrupted and that's what makes it act up, including the possibility to
> have it shut down on its own afer a certain timeout.

I’ve dealt with failing disks a number of times on both Classic and OS X over 
the years and this will not cause the system to shut down like this. 

Bruce Johnson
University of Arizona
College of Pharmacy
Information Technology Group

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