changed hard drive.. advice needed

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chinoky, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi all

    I recently changed the hard drive on my macbook air as the previous one had failed. The one i bought was compatible but when i installed it theres a flashing folder icon with a '?'. I understand this means hard drive not detected. I checked all the cables and everything is connected.

    Does anyone have any advice with what to do next?
     
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  4. macrumors regular

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    Have you just gone a straight swap? Daft question but have you installed OSX back on it?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry should have been for informative.

    Yes to install the mac OS possibly via usb stick as i dont have a dvd drive.
    and how to format it. Im a mac newbie:(

    I thought the hard drive wasnt being detected as that was what the apple tect told me when i took it there. I didnt let him book it in or open it as the hard drive is bigger and non oem
     
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    Was your original hard drive too far gone to be able to clone it before swapping it out? Makes life a lot easier when swapping hard drives.

    To format the new drive you need to open up Disc Utility and format it as Mac OSX Extended. I think you actually Erase it first (even though there is nothing on it) and go from there.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    The HDD is detected, but it hasn't been formatted yet. Guides on how to format and install Mac OS X can be found in post #3.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It wouldnt load up from the computer but did in the apple store when he used a external device to boot it. Enough to back up my files.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice:)
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I checked through the guides and as my macbook doesnt have a dvd reader isit possible to install it from a usb stick??
    If so whats the best way to do it??
    thanks
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    When you purchased the Macbook Air, it should have come with a USB stick with the OS on it. Use that.
     

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