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Old Mar 8, 2010, 06:20 PM   #1
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Not recognizing new internal hard drive

Recently my mac gave me a blinking folder image with a question mark upon start up. The hard drive was corrupted and I purchased a new hard drive and installed it. However the computer does not seem to be recognizing the hard drive when I try to reinstall the OS. Any ideas?
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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That's because the HDD is not formatted or uses the wrong format.

You have to start from the Install DVD, select the language, go to Utilities > Disk Utility and select the HDD and choose Mac OS Extended as Format (file system).
Then you can install Mac OS X.

http://macs.about.com/od/application...utilformat.htm
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 06:28 PM   #3
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But when I go to Disc utility it doesn't list the hard drive. It lists the cd rom drive and the install disc in the cd rom drive.
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 06:37 PM   #4
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Have you made sure the connection between HDD and MacBook is tight?

What Mac do you have and what specific HDD did you buy?
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Old Mar 8, 2010, 07:46 PM   #5
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I have a white mac book from the white and black mac book generation
and the drive is a western digital SATA notebook harddrive.
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