Can't install OS X on new SSD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kemmish, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. Kemmish macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I have been fixing windows computers for nearly 15 years. But rarely touched Mac.

    Have a customer at the moment where the MacBook was reported as going slow and then wouldn't boot. Was getting flashing folder with question mark.

    Tried all the fixes with no luck.

    Went into internet repair tried repairing the SSD within disk utilities. Came up with error and wouldn't fix so I recomended a new SSD was needed. Bought an identical SSD and again tried to install OS x mountain lion via Internet. The time was something stupid like 80 hours remaining.

    Left it running Friday evening to Sunday evening and progress Bar got 1/3 way.

    Tried this again over a further 24 hours. No luck. Borrowed USB with the latest OS x on. tried that and just failed.

    Managed to get old SSD booting via external USB to data caddy. Built a fresh Mavericks usb installer.

    Tried this but failed. Looking at the error logs it says missing core-services. I have formatted the new SSD. followed all instructions online etc. but at a loss now.

    Could it be a faulty SSD that I have bought. Will it work if I try a normal 2.5" says HDD?

    Can someone please help

    Thanks.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If I understand what you are saying, the old drive seems to work in an extrnal enclosure? That couple with your description makes me think the internal drive cable is bad. It is a fairly common problem.

    Try putting the new SSD in the enclosure to test the theory.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I sure hope you formatted the new SSD for OS X before the install.
     
  4. asriznet macrumors regular

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    Sounds like a failed HDD cable, confirm by using a different connector like USB.

    1. install the SSD on an enclosure or SATA to USB adaptor
    2. create a bootable OS X installer on another drive - http://www.macworld.com/article/236...otable-os-x-10-10-yosemite-install-drive.html
    3. boot to the USB installer
    4. using disk utility, repartition the SSD(NOTE this will wipe the data off from the SSD)
    + Partition Layout: 1 Partition
    + Partition Name: any name you want, default is "Macintosh HD"
    + Format: Mac OS Extended Journaled
    + Size: Max out
    + Options: GUID Partition Table
    5. Run the installer to install on "Macintosh HD" or whatever name set on previous step.
     
  5. Kemmish thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    I will swap around the drives and try again

    I did format the new SSD before I tried installing Mac os x.

    I never knew the cables fail. So will swap out the drives and try again

    Is there any software you can run that will test for faulty SSD?

    I use HD tune all the time on windows. But as I said I'm new to Mac.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You can just Disk Utility in OS X to do a verify disk to look for errors.
     
  7. asriznet macrumors regular

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    If what you have is a 13" MBP 2011 model then high chance it's the HDD cable. Somehow Apple created a batch of them with HDD cables that fails sooner than usual.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/2030013/advice-from-an-apple-tech-three-common-mac-fixes.html
     

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