Mac mini HD detection

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by itcheroni, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. itcheroni macrumors 6502a

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    I took the hard drive from my intel mini out and now there is a flashing folder with a question mark when I try to boot. I can start from my install disc and from what I can tell the hard drive is the only thing it doesn't detect.

    How can I fix this? I've made sure everything is connected. Is there a trick to that ribbon that connects to the back of the hard drive I'm not aware of?

    Thanks in advance. This has been driving me crazy.
     
  2. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    So you took the hard drive out and now the mini says it can't find the hard drive? You did put the hard drive back in right? I guess I need a bit more information.
     
  3. bokdol macrumors 6502a

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    i am guessing you put in a new harddrive. if so when you start up the cd to install osx on the new drive click on the pull down options and select disk utility. then use disk utility to format the new drive. at least that is what i think you did.
     
  4. bowens macrumors 6502a

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  5. itcheroni thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry I didn't make myself clear. I took out and put back the exact same hard drive that I had in it before. Except now it doesn't seem to detect it. The ribbon that I think connects it came loose and I put it back the way I think it should fit but I'm not sure.

    Thank you all for your help, by the way. I truly appreciate it.

    I will take some pictures now to show you guys what I mean.
     
  6. Peace macrumors P6

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    Don't think it's possible but you may have put the HD cable on backwards.
     
  7. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    It is an Intel Mac mini (uses SATA HD) or a G4 Mac mini (uses PATA HD)?
     
  8. itcheroni thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    If you just put the same HD back in, why did you take it out in the first place?
     
  10. itcheroni thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I wanted to see if the hard drive would work the same on my macbook.
     

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