Not recognizing new internal hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maryf143, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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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    spinnerlys

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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/applications/ss/diskutilformat.htm
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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    spinnerlys

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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?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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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