2010 Macbook Pro Install stuck at ~60%

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by werthles, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. werthles macrumors newbie

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    Im a bit new to Macs. That being said, i purchased a second hand Macbook Pro 2010 Core2Duo. I wanted to do a fresh installation, so when i plug in a USB drive with the installation media, i hold down option and boot off of USB and get to abour 60% where it just stalls. I tried CMD+Option+P+R and that didnt help. Anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    What OS is on it now?
    Does it boot that way?

    What OS are you trying to install?
     
  3. duervo macrumors 68020

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  4. werthles thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had El Capitan on it at first. The hard drive crapped out, so i put this new one in. Im trying to install Sierra via USB. Both options for internet recovery give the same result.
     
  5. duervo macrumors 68020

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    Hard drive cable going bad is not uncommon in these systems. Also possible that you have another bad drive, but it’s more likely to be a bad cable.

    You can buy replacement cables from iFixit.com, or get the Apple Part number from there and google it for another supplier if iFixit doesn’t have any in stock.
     
  6. vince22 macrumors regular

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    i have the same model, yes hard drive cable failed once on me, invest some SSD drive, it adds life and buttery smooth performance with latest MacOS High Sierra 10.13.4

    ssd.jpg
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    Are you making any progress using the USB installer?

    If not, and if the internal drive is a platter-based hard drive, I'd like to make a suggestion:
    Buy a modest-sized SSD, install that, and install the OS onto it.

    If you've just been running with an HDD, an SSD will make a 2010 MBP "feel like a new machine". (It did on MY 2010 MBP).

    You don't need a large one -- 256gb or 500gb. I'd suggest a Crucial SSD.
    The drive swap is VERY easy.
    All you need is a Phillips #00 driver and a TORX T-6 driver.
    Go to ifixit.com to see what's involved. Again VERY easy.

    While it's open, check the condition of the SATA drive ribbon cable.
    Do you see any "wear" where it comes into contact with the back cover?
    Sometimes a piece of tape to "protect it" can work here.
     
  8. werthles thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im trying a different hdd cable right now. Trying with internet recover first. If that fails or doesnt make any progress i will try with usb again. Ill keep you posted. Thanks!
     
  9. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you boot into the USB drive? If possible try booting from the Recovery Drive and use the "Reinstall MacOS" option. Or if you want to do a clean install select Disk Utility and erase the Macintosh HD Drive as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" then use Disk Utility to reinstall Mac OS.
     
  10. werthles thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its a new hard drive (well, used, but not the original. There is no recovery partition.
     

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