Question mark folder + error -2002F
My 2011 MacBook Pro unexpectedly froze during use. Upon startup it showed me a folder with a question mark. After restarting I help command + r which took me straight to internet recovery. However, after choosing my wifi I was stuck on the globe screen where you select your wifi for about 10 mins until I got the "-2002F" error message. I tried restating again this time holding down the option key which ended with the same result (no hard drive was shown). How can avoid this error message and recover my hard drive? Thanks in advance.
I changed my wifi configuration to open and this allowed me to select my startup disk. However, it quickly crashed again and I've repeated the process which seems to work. Any idea why what causes this? I plugged in an external hard drive just before the most recent crash to back everything up, could that contribute?
The cable came but it doesn't seem to be compatible with my laptop. I'll post a photo to show the problem.
Here's the photo of the 2012 hard drive cable. Note the part that attaches to the computer is rotated 90 degrees.