Hard Drive Replacement

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ShadowMind, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I bought a WD 320 Gig 5400 RPM hard drive for my new White NVIDIA MacBook. I stuck it in an external casing, copied everything to it with the "restore" feature, and swapped out the hard drives. I rebooted the computer with the new hard drive, and it didn't work.

    I did some hard drive swapping last year on my old MacBook and everything was a breeze. I don't know what I did wrong this time. Any ideas?
     
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    logana

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    I suspect that the NVidea MacBook uses a different OSX build of 10.5.6 and while it will allow you to restore the disk it won't start up because you have copied over what is an earlier build of OSX.

    Sounds as if you may need to do a install and restore from the system discs that came with your new MacBook....
     
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    GfulDedFan

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    Did you create a bootable clone onto the new HD in the enclosure? What program did you use?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I used Disk Utility and used the "restore" feature. I sourced the original hard drive and made the destination drive the new hard drive. Did I skip a step somewhere?
     
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    Cyroceon

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    Start up the computer with the OSX install disk inside, holding c button down. Then when the options come up, choose to "upgrade" your version of OSX. If that doesn't work, go to advanced or further options and choose to "archive and install" the new version. Both of these options will maintain your personal files and things should work flawlessly.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I am trying the "archive and install" option right now.
     
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    Cave Man

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    Did you initialize the drive with a GUID partition table? If not, it will not boot an Intel-based Mac.
     

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